I am very thankful for my wonderful, generous bosses and the excellent and kind employees working for the company mediating between my place of work and the health insurance companies. Because of them, I feel I am blessed when it comes to health insurance.
That said, I often wonder about the concept of insurance itself. Isn't there something fundamentally wrong about paying a company an exorbitant amount of money "just in case" something bad happens to us? This seems very non-Christian for several reasons.
First, isn't it wrong to fear what will happen to us tomorrow? Aren't we told that tomorrow's troubles are enough for tomorrow? Isn't this kind of thinking a little contrary to what Jesus told us?
Secondly, these companies are making a whole lot of money off our fear. Isn't profiting off someone else's worries of tomorrow even worse than worrying about tomorrow?
Finally, I will never be convinced that being taken care of when you are sick is a privilege. Isn't taking care of the sick what we are commanded to do? How is socialized medicare really socialism, or to not beat around the semantic bush, why is socialized medicare ethically harmful, if Americans are to believe socialism itself is harmful? What is wrong with everyone paying the same tax rate toward medicare? Don't we have enough wealth as a nation to take care of everyone? For people worried that this isn't fair--hey buddy, you still get your big-screen TV, your yacht, your giant house--the only detriment you have is the satisfaction that as a hard-working American, you are ensuring that your fellow man need not worry about what random harm may come to him.
For those worried that doctors will make less... let's face it, doctors will still do well, and do we not want those who become doctors to do so because they truly want to help people?
This topic really bothers me. Statistically, modern nations with socialized health care are far healthier than us. Why don't we join them?
I feel that most people put to thought on this issue will see that we should. The only people with anything to lose are those employed by the insurance companies--and with all the money everyone will save that is not going to insurance, I think enough jobs will be created to pick them up...of course the executives making millions may not be so lucky in finding comparable work.
All of the money paid to insurance companies is easily far more than how much we as a nation would collectively need to pay in taxes to take care of everyone. Otherwise, how else would insurance companies profitably exist?
Some people worry they will not get as good a care if everyone else is getting the same care. For those people worried about this, repeat the previous sentence in your head slowly five times. Think about how you feel when you see an innocent human being or a child hurt. With that image in your mind, mentally repeat the first sentence in this paragraph five times again.
Still feel the same way?