I liked the honesty of the exchanges that happened between Representative Frank Pallone and his audience during his town hall about two weeks ago. When asked if he was dissatisfied that so few people, if any, changed their minds as a result of the presentation, he responded that many came with their minds already made up. When he was asked if he changed his mind in any way as a result of this exchange, his reply was a curt “No.”
Like so many individuals in this country, I am concerned about where the direction of the health insurance is going in this country. I sat glued to the TV for two hours one evening (August 25th) listening to Mr. James Moran of Virginia who, together with Dr. Howard Dean, was holding a two hour meeting. I want to listen carefully to the people who oppose this legislation as well as to the ones who are for it. I do wholeheartedly agree that an informed electorate is the best thing for our democracy.
I must say that what shocked me in watching the presentation of Mr. Moran was that for the first time I have seen someone boo an invocation on TV. The rabbi that gave the invocation had some expressions that one may not agree with, but in this land of religious and political liberty we do allow the expression of those beliefs. The rabbi had to stop a couple of times. It seemed as though he was saying to himself, “I cannot believe that these things are happening to me in this country. “ My concern is that we are losing a sense of civility – we believe that the one shouting the loudest can win the argument and if we do not like what they say, we can silence them with our noise.
At the Moran/Dean presentation there were many answers that were good, answers given directly to the questions. I think that it is important for the person to respond accurately to the questions
At the same time there have been some impressive obfuscations, such as when Mr. Moran was asked if he will join in the proposed plan. He said that he has an excellent plan together with the rest of the people who work in the federal government and he has to pay approximately $6,000. The rest is taken care of by the government. It is a part of the package. As he said this, I was thinking that the church where I work had to pay $18,000 for this year and then we were out-priced because the insurance went to $36,087 for the next year!
The other thing that seems to have many people on edge is insurance for the illegal aliens. Moran assured his listeners that no illegal alien will be able to participate in this program. If this is the truth, then the question is who is going to pay for those people who are here illegally? The answer is the local communities, the counties, the state and the hospitals.
As one who has lived in a communist country where the medical care was socialized, I had to say to myself that after all this listening, the reason for me opposing the system is not because I do not want sick people to get help, it is not because I do not want to improve the welfare of my neighbor, it is not because I am not willing to help people out of my means which I do gladly. My foundational premise is that I do not want the government to take care of my family and me. I extend that Pauline command “He who wants to eat let him work”. I need to work for the things pertaining for the welfare of the family – food, housing, and medical needs. I do not expect the state to step in. The exception to this is an emergency, a disaster that only the government can repair. If this does occur, the government should not be left with a debt, like the one that has occurred within the last 25 years – people getting money, help, etc from the government and thinking that the government has unending resources. However, for the government to have these resources for some, it must take from some other working people.
God loves a cheerful giver because when we give cheerfully we imitate Him. However, God also wants us to imitate Him and find pleasure in the work that we must do.