The Reverend Franklin Graham is tired of the constant conversation about affordable healthcare in America because the entire debate is based on a foundation of lies. Obamacare was designed and approved by insurance companies (which is why they all endorsed it), and the current version of the GOP healthcare bill is no different on that score. Reverend Graham reminds Americans that Christian healthcare providers have always been about the business of providing healthcare for those who could not afford it, he also hits (perhaps accidentally) on something that the media hasn’t really talked about. The GOP has argued that even with a full repeal most of the people that Democrats say would lose their healthcare, would actually still be able to use Medicaid for their healthcare needs.
Needless to say, liberals did not like Graham’s use of logic, history, and faith. They immediately jumped on his Facebook page to attack him as “uncaring” and “unChristian.”
This healthcare debate is all about greed and special interests. The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare was presented on a premise of lies. The American public was told, “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.” None of that was true.
Why is the federal government even in the healthcare business? If you want to know what government-run healthcare looks like, just visit a VA hospital or read what’s been in the news about them. In my opinion, the government needs to pull its fingers out of healthcare, except for possibly Medicare/Medicaid, and allow insurance companies to sell polices competitively across state lines, unhindered. In our country’s history, the church provided healthcare for the poor—Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Catholics all had hospitals, and still do in many places. The church needs to be front and center. Why? Because Jesus Christ cared for the hurting. He made the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, cleansed the lepers, raised the dead, and preached the Good News to the poor (from Matthew 11:4-5). As Christians we should follow His example.
My grandfather gave the best years of his life as a Presbyterian missionary surgeon serving the poor in China. And when he returned to the U.S., he served as a doctor in Asheville, NC, and he never turned anyone away because they couldn’t pay.
Here are some of the mean-spirited and wrong-headed responses: