Jim Hedges Article on Health Care

Jim Hedges

Jim Hedges

Article by Prohibition Party presidential candidate Jim Hedges from the National Prohibitionist:

One hundred fifty years ago, medical care was cheap, because there was little doctors could do. Today, doctors can do quite a lot – and medical care is correspondingly expensive. Recognizing this, every wealthy country on Earth, except America, provides subsidized health care to its citizens. This year’s Prohibition platform calls for single-payer health care to replace the insurance-based system we now have.

Single-payer is not a national health service on the British style. It does not hire medical care directly. Instead, it pays the bills of doctors whom we select. We individual citizens, not the insurance companies and not the government, decide what medical care we need, and then our own chosen doctors, not the insurance companies and not the government, decide which medications and which treatments best suit our needs.

A national single-payer system is estimated to cost no more than does the present system, because: It (1) would have a 3% overhead instead of the 33% overhead of private insurance, and (2) it would negotiate lower drug prices with drug manufacturers (it is well-known that the same medicines are [usually much] cheaper in other countries).

Good citizenship means avoiding both sins of commission and sins of omission. The Book of Common Prayer puts it this way: “We have done those things which we ought not to have done, and we have left undone those things which we ought to have done.” In some situations, a person can make a false move by standing still!

The writer of James (4:17) explains: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (NIV).

Galatians 5:14 puts it this way: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this: Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself” (KJV). I, personally, have had excellent, virtually free medical care all my adult life, because I made a career of the armed forces. Therefore, I as a candidate for President believe it to be a moral imperative that I advocate universal single-payer health care in America – “Medicare for All.”

My friend, Rev. Dr.John Killian has supplied some additional pertinent Biblical references (both KJV):

Proverbs 14:31 – “He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.”

I John 3:17 – “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

2 thoughts on “Jim Hedges Article on Health Care

  1. NewFederalist

    Wow! He claims to want a return to constitutional government on one hand and then comes out with this. Not too good, Mr. Hedges. A truly free market in medical care would also reduce costs and would certainly provide more choices. Tsk! Tsk!

  2. Brandon

    Please explain to me what evidence you have that the american government would haggle to get good deals on hralthcare and drugs. We have plenty of examples of the us government paying exorbitant amounts of money for relatively cheap things. The key here is that its not your money or their money its “tax” money. Their is no incentive to haggle for good deals when spending government money ajd we see this with all government to private contracts. This is also known as crony capitalism. Getting government even more intertwine into big bussiness is about the worst idea ive ever heard. This idea of single payer healthcare is about as blind and oblivious as they come. Shrink the government substatially deregulate the medical industry and create a robust free market for healthcare. Price fixing does not work. If you’re going to demand massive economic overhaul at least understand economics Mr. Sander.. I mean Mr. Hedges.

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