As the United States prepares to transition from one president to the next many are longing for some serious changes the will bring economic prosperity and sense of security back to the average citizen. One area a particular concern is the nation’s health care system where health care costs in 2014 amounted to a staggering 17.5% of Gross Domestic Product (over $3 trillion dollars) which comes to an average of over $9,500 per person!. Although the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) made many promises of equal health care for all it has overall proven to be a complete failure and is on the verge of collapse.
As a new administration takes office next year one wonders what alternatives will be made available for American’s to deal with their rising health care costs and many millions who simply cannot afford any type of health insurance. It seems that man left to his own accord is incapable to solving these deep rooted problems of inequity between the classes, the haves and the have nots. President Obama tried to foist socialized medicine as the remedy but this experiment has proven to be a failure because socialized medicine as a rule has proven to be a failure on a global scale and for reasons most analysts fail to recognize beyond the excessive costs and poor quality of care.
In this post we will briefly outline several deep seeded reasons why socialized medicine will never work and introduce the only health care system that can ever work for humanity which takes into account God’s plan for our health and happiness. This analysis is based in part on the writings of Ellen White in a chapter from her book “Patriarchs and Prophets”, in a chapter entitled “God’s Care for the Poor” a portion of which is posted below, but first let us consider the . . .
Reasons why socialistic/communistic health care plans such as Obama Care will never work:
- God as sovereign provider of all humanities needs is left out of the equation, thus man is left to fend for himself.
- Communism/socialistic governments places the state in the position that rightly belongs only to God.
- Communism/socialism relies on forced participation ultimately coming from the heel of a boot and the barrel of a gun. Free will and liberty of conscience regarding our health choices are suppressed which creates anger and resentment.
- Socialized medicine provides no incentives for care providers to improve their skills thus the lowest common denominator is all that will be realized.
- Most of the rich do not see any need to help the poor because they think only of enriching themselves and amassing colossal fortunes (for example, see how leftist socialists have little compassion on the poor and criminalize those who try to help them).
- Communism and socialism if brought to their full weight on a society only brings enrichment to the few and degradation of the poor leading to social unrest, anarchy, and bloodshed.
God’s Care for the Poor
Based on God’s plan for the care of the poor and sick amongst us found in the Holy Bible and the inspired commentary of His prophets (see below) we can glean several reasons why His plan is always better and the only one that will works in the long run.
- All lands and wealth belong to God which man is permitted to be a steward over but not accumulate vast domains without consideration of the poor who also have a right to a place in God’s world.
- The law of mutual dependence places a check upon the inordinate love of property and power and recognizes the needs of all people both rich and poor. Contrary to socialism, God’s plan does not condemn the accumulation of wealth, nor force distribution of wealth but rather appeals to man’s conscience that He is the provider of all things and that any man’s wealth is a blessing from Him intended that they should share with the less fortunate.
- God’s regulations were designed to bless the rich no less than the poor. They would restrain avarice and a disposition for self-exaltation, and would cultivate a noble spirit of benevolence; and by fostering good will and confidence between all classes, they would promote social order and the stability of government.
- A diversity of condition is one of the means by which God designs to prove and develop character. Yet He intends that those who have worldly possessions shall regard themselves merely as stewards of His goods, as entrusted with means to be employed for the benefit of the suffering and the needy.
- The principles which God has enjoined, would prevent the terrible evils that in all ages have resulted from the oppression of the rich toward the poor and the suspicion and hatred of the poor toward the rich. They would bring a peaceful solution of those problems that now threaten to fill the world with anarchy and bloodshed.
Below is a portion from the chapter in Ellen White’s book Patriarchs and Prophets entitled “God’s Care for the Poor”. In a future posts we will consider some of the many ways God has provided for the individual to realize true health reform in their individual lives and avoid getting sick in the first place by looking at the ideal diet for man and the use of simple natural remedies without toxic synthetic drugs pushed by the big drug companies.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” — 3 John 2
“After “seven sabbaths of years,” “seven times seven years,” came that great year of release–the jubilee. “Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound . . . throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.” Leviticus 25:9, 10.
“On the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement,” the trumpet of the jubilee was sounded. Throughout the land, wherever the Jewish people dwelt, the sound was heard, calling upon all the children of Jacob to welcome the year of release. On the great Day of Atonement satisfaction was made for the sins of Israel, and with gladness of heart the people would welcome the jubilee.
As in the sabbatical year, the land was not to be sown or reaped, and all that it produced was to be regarded as the rightful property of the poor. Certain classes of Hebrew slaves–all who did not receive their liberty in the sabbatical year–were now set free. But that which especially distinguished the year of jubilee was the reversion of all landed property to the family of the original possessor. By the special direction of God the land had been divided by lot. After the division was made no one was at liberty to trade his estate. Neither was he to sell his land unless poverty compelled him to do so, and then, whenever he or any of his kindred might desire to redeem it, the purchaser must not refuse to sell it; and if unredeemed, it would revert to its first possessor or his heirs in the year of jubilee.
The Lord declared to Israel: “The land shall not be sold forever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me.” Leviticus 25:23. The people were to be impressed with the fact that it was God’s land which they were permitted to possess for a time; that He was the rightful owner, the original proprietor, and that He would have special consideration made for the poor and unfortunate. It was to be impressed upon the minds of all that the poor have as much right to a place in God’s world as have the more wealthy.
Such were the provisions made by our merciful Creator, to lessen suffering, to bring some ray of hope, to flash some gleam of sunshine, into the life of the destitute and distressed.
The Lord would place a check upon the inordinate love of property and power. Great evils would result from the continued accumulation of wealth by one class, and the poverty and degradation of another. Without some restraint the power of the wealthy would become a monopoly, and the poor, though in every respect fully as worthy in God’s sight, would be regarded and treated as inferior to their more prosperous brethren. The sense of this oppression would arouse the passions of the poorer class. There would be a feeling of despair and desperation which would tend to demoralize society and open the door to crimes of every description. The regulations that God established were designed to promote social equality. The provisions of the sabbatical year and the jubilee would, in a great measure, set right that which during the interval had gone wrong in the social and political economy of the nation.
These regulations were designed to bless the rich no less than the poor. They would restrain avarice and a disposition for self-exaltation, and would cultivate a noble spirit of benevolence; and by fostering good will and confidence between all classes, they would promote social order, the stability of government. We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves. The law of mutual dependence runs through all classes of society. The poor are not more dependent upon the rich than are the rich upon the poor. While the one class ask a share in the blessings which God has bestowed upon their wealthier neighbors, the other need the faithful service, the strength of brain and bone and muscle, that are the capital of the poor.
Great blessings were promised to Israel on condition of obedience to the Lord’s directions. “I will give you rain in due season,” He declared, “and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. . . . I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be My people. . . . But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments; and . . . ye break My covenant: . . . ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set My face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.” Leviticus 26:4-17.
There are many who urge with great enthusiasm that all men should have an equal share in the temporal blessings of God. But this was not the purpose of the Creator. A diversity of condition is one of the means by which God designs to prove and develop character. Yet He intends that those who have worldly possessions shall regard themselves merely as stewards of His goods, as entrusted with means to be employed for the benefit of the suffering and the needy.
Christ has said that we shall have the poor always with us, and He unites His interest with that of His suffering people. The heart of our Redeemer sympathizes with the poorest and lowliest of His earthly children. He tells us that they are His representatives on earth. He has placed them among us to awaken in our hearts the love that He feels toward the suffering and oppressed. Pity and benevolence shown to them are accepted by Christ as if shown to Himself. An act of cruelty or neglect toward them is regarded as though done to Him.
If the law given by God for the benefit of the poor had continued to be carried out, how different would be the present condition of the world, morally, spiritually, and temporally! Selfishness and self-importance would not be manifested as now, but each would cherish a kind regard for the happiness and welfare of others; and such widespread destitution as is now seen in many lands would not exist.
The principles which God has enjoined, would prevent the terrible evils that in all ages have resulted from the oppression of the rich toward the poor and the suspicion and hatred of the poor toward the rich. While they might hinder the amassing of great wealth and the indulgence of unbounded luxury, they would prevent the consequent ignorance and degradation of tens of thousands whose ill-paid servitude is required to build up these colossal fortunes. They would bring a peaceful solution of those problems that now threaten to fill the world with anarchy and bloodshed.” — Patriarchs and Prophets, E. G. White, pp. 533-536
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