To follow-up on the post I wrote yesterday, here are a few more.
Why do we need healthcare reform when we already have free healthcare?
Bruce Engelman is pastor of Baptist Temple in Fort Worth, Texas, and is also a spokesperson for American Inspirational Ministries. Engelman, who often travels the country as part of his ministry work, says he has made an observation about available healthcare.
“Why do we need socialized medicine or healthcare when there is already free healthcare?” he wonders. “In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mary Free Bed Hospital; in Pittsburgh, children’s hospital; St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee; Shriners hospital in Kentucky, Cook County hospital in Chicago, Illinois.”
The pastor believes the healthcare option is being pushed for two reasons. “Number one, to increase the voting bloc for the liberals — of both parties, by the way — of illegal immigration,” Engleman says, “and the other reason is there’s no question that the other side wants to advance a radical, and I emphasize radical, social agenda.”
Engelman says those who are speaking out against the healthcare plan are heroes, much like the Founding Fathers of the nation.
The head of a coalition of evangelical churches says healthcare reform should focus less on government and more on marshaling churches to meet community needs.
Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., who chairs the High Impact Leadership Coalition, says large churches could work together to provide diagnostic screening and care for people with diseases like HIV-AIDS.
Jackson says the contrast between government and faith-based relief was striking when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans four years ago. He says, “When the government failed, the church stepped up.”
Instead of government healthcare, Jackson believes “there has to be a community-based answer that includes a faith community component.”