Back in America’s Christian era, Medicare was the first government general health care; programs for the military and the poor were sidelines for special cases. That was because the elderly generally need more care and too often, could not afford it as healthcare costs rose. That reflected the Christian view of life: a precious gift to be preserved above any other values. In the Christian Bible, John 10 says that the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. Today’s governments seem to regard its citizens as sheep surely, but it is their lives that are seen as expendable, not that of the governing shepherd. Perhaps in the end, Christian government must be seen as an oxymoron?
The sheep agree with that where it serves their purposes, a Christian mother who would not lay down her life for her child was no mother at all. But now, incipient mothers demand a “right” to kill a nascent child for her convenience. Whatever that may be, it is no Christian mother. We are bemused by such a “right,” especially when folk defending it rise up in wrath at the death penalty while advocating assisted suicide. Well, reality has never seemed a long suit of our species….
As this confused, contradictory mindset works its way further through the American society, those now advocates of the new, post-Christian view will find themselves facing the conundrum that they have created: If they have shifted the right to kill people from their Creator to themselves, they must yield that power to others as well, others whose motives will not be as desirable as the motive of their personal convenience. When I assume the right to kill for my reasons, I must accept the right of others to do the same for their reasons, reasons that in the end, may not please me.
This post-Christian view of life is now appearing, curiously without publicity, in our healthcare. Not only is assisted suicide becoming available, but it is being subtly encouraged; it seems wasteful to pour resources into prolonging elderly lives when so many younger, more productive folk are in need. Hence Obamacare transferred some $800 billion from Medicare to fund the new program for younger people at the expense of the elderly. Post Christianity has better economics. When it widens appeals to a larger number of voters, it has better politics, tpo.
Again though, once embarked upon this political in place of Christian value set, we will see the political value set of power and wealth served at the expense of the previous Christian values. Congressfolk will receive special healthcare while the rest of us stand in line and numbers of military veterans die there. One with power and influence is worth more to the state than one with only a vote. Reality sucks, but remains real. So the elderly will see less lifesaving surgery, fewer costly diagnostic procedures and will find longer waits to see their doctors. What the Government giveth, the Government taketh away. Fall to your knees to bless the Government and expect to pay for your lunch.
The biggest joke though, has been played on the hapless “beneficiaries” of Obamacare. Even with the robbing of the seniors, the resources allocated to fund the program are inadequate; Obamacare is unsustainable. The Obamafolk knew that of course, but seem to have expected the underfunding to be repaired when happy beneficiaries reacted by demanding it. But so far, that has not occurred and the program is going broke while insurers are bailing out of it.
Our post-Christian valuation of human life seems to be working out as a swindle. If the earlier version was a swindle too, at least none has ever returned to complain. And life was valued.