Whenever I get into a discussion about Obamacare, I inevitably hear the charge that Jesus would want us to care "for the least of these," and Obamacare does just that. Usually, this statement comes from someone who is ambivalent or antagonistic toward Jesus and who thinks they can win the discussion by dropping his name. They may not think He is God, but if I do, His words should shut me up.
Jesus DOES tell us to care for the least in our society. He wants us to love orphans and widows. He does not want us to let any class of people fall through the cracks. After all, we are to let others know we follow Him by showing love to them.
Jesus also tells us to obey the laws of the land and "render unto Cesar what is Cesar's." At the same time, Jesus never curried favor with people in religious or political power. As a matter of fact, he blatantly and consistently set them straight. He rarely told them what they wanted to hear.
Jesus also tells us to be good stewards with the things He has given us. Stewardship is the primary reason I am against hiring a bureacracy (like the government) to do my charitable work for me. When I look for charitable organizations to support, I look for organizations that work directly with the people in need. A great example is the Springs Rescue Mission in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When I gave to SRM, I gave directly to the people who help the homeless of Colorado Springs. I could be assured that I was providing food, clothing, and job training to families who needed it.
When I let the government do my charity for me, I can be assured the government will act as a middleman and take some of my giving. Every bureaucratic office my money passes through will take a few pennies off my dollar. At the same time, anyone who has paid attention to Social Security and Medicare for the past few decades knows that congress can not keep it's dirty hands out of the sacred trust money for these programs. Not only do they raid the cookie jar regularly, but in the event of any interruption to government processes, or any threat of tax cuts, Congress will threaten that SSI and Medicare will be among the first programs cut when they should, by law, be among the last.
I am not a big fan of bureaucracy. The government is such a big organization that it is able to play a shell game with my tax money, diverting it from what should be paid, to what will ensure powerful people stay in power. Let me say that a different way, we often see tax hikes and increased revenue proposals that promise to spend money in a very specific and compassionate way, but after time, that money is mysteriously reallocated to the pet projects of members of the legislative and executive branches. This is not dependent on political party affiliation. Anyone in a seat of power can do it.
So it amazes me that we can start a talk about government provided healthcare, and the disciples of the Church of Big Government actually have faith in the federal bureaucracy and in insurance companies. They mock me for having faith in a God they can not see, but they put their faith in a system that has failed in the realm of social projects time and time again.
Who ever talks about their visit with the friendly and compassionate IRS agent who came to collect on back taxes?
How about those lovely FEMA neighborhoods? You know, the ones with the beautiful FEMA condos? You probably never heard them described that way. Instead, you probably heard of FEMA trailers in FEMA camps.
How often to you hear people talk about how empathetic their health insurance company was when they denied some critical level of patient care?
We have absolutely no anecdotal evidence of compassionate bureaucracy, but we are running full steam ahead to turn over our healthcare to a government/insurance industry hybrid in hopes that we will get something of value for free. I am astonished that so many people have put their faith in the same government and insurance industry bureaucracies that already do not give them what they want.