I read your article on Daschle Will Reform Healthcare and Family Values. I just want to say that I feel like you are not accurate about Focus on the Family and Dr. Dobson’s intentions. The thing is, sadly, the government is “not so good” at supplying health care. (If you know a Veteran, or had to help a Vet get healthcare, you would know.) My Father is a WWII 91 year old vet and he has to “still fight” to get coverage. My sister has taken over this task and it is almost a full time job. I believe that Conservative people are just concerned it will be “worse health care” and not better, and that is why they speak against governmental health care.
Dr.Dobson truly does love people, he has spent years studying psychology and he is a Christian, the last thing he wants for people is to ‘hurt’ them, this is why he fights for family values as he is trying to fight for what he knows really works for people. If you got on his site you would see there are groups for all kinds of people to get counseling and help with every day issues. He is against abortion because he believes every human deserves to have “life”, you can understand that I am sure. And on top of it, the procedure is beyond horrible, surely any caring human would not be ‘okay’ with it being done for reasons of birth control.
Anyway, I do hope that Mr. Daschle and all others do come up with a great plan, but history proves this does not work (governmental health care) just look at what is happening in Massachusetts where they have tried this program… it is a disaster. Those who speak against government healthcare ‘do’ care about people, they want them to be able to make their own choice of doctors, care, etc.
Thanks for listening....
I offer the following reply:
Thanks for reading and even more for taking the time to respond. I appreciate good conversation.
I maintain a respectful disagreement with your views on government health coverage and on the political focus of Focus on the Family. I would note first that neither or nor the incoming Obama administration are aiming for government-run health care. My preference, at least, is for government health coverage: we keep going to our same doctors and hospitals; those doctors and hospitals simply send the bill to Uncle Sam, just as they do in Canada, France, and several other countries. (If history "proves" government health coverage doesn't work, nearly every other industrialized country is not listening... or suffering.)
I've seen government coverage at work in Canada. They may not have gold-plated insurance policies for the wealthiest purchasers, but they have universal access to good health care for every citizen. My wife and I have friends who have been visiting Canada, suffered an injury, and were in and out of the hospital for treatment in no time, with no paperwork. We can't get treatment like that here.
Universal coverage is simply the logical extension of insurance. We join insurance plans to pool resources; the best, most efficient insurance would pool the resources of every American. Compare the overhead of Medicare (3%) to the overhead of private insurance plans (20-30%). I would rather pay $3000 a year in additional taxes to the government and see $2910 of that money go for actual medical expenses than pay $3000 a year for private insurance, see only $2100 of that money go toward medical expenses while the rest pays for executive bonuses and yachts, and pay higher deductibles and receive less coverage to boot.
We also pool coverage because we want to help others. If you and I are part of an insurance plan, I don't want to turn on you and deny you coverage just when you need it most, when you find you have MS or cancer or suffer complications from pregnancy. But our private insurance company would do just that, rejecting you or making your premiums prohibitively expensive. Neighbors don't treat each other like that. Government health coverage would let us treat each other like neighbors.
I won't delve into my theological problems with Dr. Dobson -- I'll simply say that I live with an actual theologian, so I know Dr. Dobson's interpretation of Christianity has some errors. In general, Focus on the Family seems not to focus on real family issues that affect everyone every day. It seems there are a raft of issues that Christians could rally to address (corporate greed, pollution, poverty, disease, sexism, rape) that would do much more to promote the actual economic and moral condition of families than the the focus on the typical social hot-button issues of abortion and homosexuality.
We're one nation. We've got to work together to solve problems. I happen to think we can do more practical good by working together on health care.
Cory Allen Heidelberger