Posted by: Ken Christian, Jr. | October 20, 2009

A Christian Position on Health Care Reform

As most of you surely know, congress is currently working overtime to pass some sort of health care reform bill.  Meantime, debate over the proper contents of such a bill is swirling around the nation like a runaway cyclone.  In most circles, debate over health care centers around one key question:

Is affordable health care a basic human right? 

Those who would answer such a question in the affirmative believe it is government’s responsibility to make sure that its poorer citizens have access to some level of free health care.  Those who say, “No,” to the question above are usually not in favor of publically funded health services. 

In the next few posts, I would like to lead us toward a Biblical answer to such a question.  But before we get there, we need to begin with a more basic discussion of the concept of rights.  We need to see whether or not the Bible supports our Western notion of basic rights.  Only then will we prepared to take a Christian position on Obama Care.  Stay tuned…

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  1. The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights define “rights” for America. The primary theme that emerges is that we have the right to not be killed unjustly and cruelly. Many examples of cruelty are accounted in the Declaration and made me realize how soft we have become in our comforts and how we have forgotten our past. Funny, how health insurance is not mentioned…

  2. Great points, Laura. And thanks for commenting. You reminded me to finish this particular series.


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