The Big Lie of Healthcare

Great piece here of them impending doom on the U.S. health insurance market.

How does this relate to The Big Lie?  Simple.  The government is not being honest with you.  The more people the government needs to support equals more leverage for tax dollars and regulation to force the market to do something the makes business sense.

Healthcare vs. Health Insurance

If you listen closely, when the Obama Administration talks about the problem of American’s not having access to healthcare isn’t true.  All Americans and probably anyone in this country regardless of status, age, sex, gender (because the two are different now), religion, creed, etc. are to be provided diagnostic and stabilizing care of an emergency medical condition.  The emphasis on stabilizing is important because it determines how much the hospital is going to have to make-up through charging higher prices elsewhere.  So, if you can’t pay and are having chest pains, go to the emergency room and are then discharged hours later with a potassium prescription then the costs are going to be much less of an encumbrance on the hospital than an uninsured meth lab explosion.

The reason?

It takes longer for a burn victim to be stabilized and be able to care for themselves.

One of the main areas of higher prices is in pharmacies.  Which according to studies indicates that hospitals use pharmacies—like laboratory services and imaging—to “generate revenue” for other parts of the hospital.  And this makes sense.  Every company has a “loss leader” where the cost in time and/or materials costs more than market pricing can support.  At Starbucks one of my favorites is a caramel macchiato apple cider, which, I’ve heard is a loss leader.  So, they make that up by selling regular coffee at exorbitant mark ups.  No one complains.  It is business and everyone agrees that Starbucks can make a profit.  True, some hospitals are non-profit and they rely on donors to make up the short fall, but what happens when the donors dry up?

Health insurance is not the same as healthcare.  Insurance spreads the cost of a claim over many people’s premiums on the “gamble” that the premiums are going to offset the cost of claims.  Simply having health insurance does not mean that one receives healthcare because healthcare is actively sought out.  Health insurance, in today’s society, is mandated.  And as we’ve seen with the onset of the Affordable Care Act having health insurance doesn’t mean one will seek healthcare because today the cost is too high.

So, when claims are touted as expanding access to affordable healthcare, the facts don’t support the claims.

A Practical Response

The real increase in the cost of healthcare comes from the provider in the form of increasing medical malpractice premiums and the increased cost of diagnostic testing utilized by insurance companies to “cover themselves” and stave off litigious lawsuits.  This increased regulation is also producing more man-hours of work for doctors and hospitals just to operate, this increasing costs.  Reducing regulation and the threat of lawsuit will go a long way to help reducing costs.  Simple economics.

The Christian Response

Christians need to reassert themselves as being a positive influence for culture and cultural change.  One aspect of this is that societies past people realized that all people make mistakes and only gross negligence was viewed as worthy of a lawsuit.  However, today, a more selfish, greedy people are looking for a “quick buck” and some see lawsuits as a means to an end.  This is not to say that all medical malpractice suits are unwarranted, only that there is an assumption of risk in medicine both for the patient and practitioner.  Lawsuits don’t alleviate the risk.  Life is risky.  We should be thankful there are those in the healthcare profession with the knowledge and wisdom and talent and gifting and patience and stamina to make us and keep us healthy.

Additionally, communities used to help each other.  Church organizations started hospitals to fulfill that need.  Communities had funds to care for their citizens who couldn’t buy groceries that month or pay for a life-threatening operation.  Today we are so “mePhone” focused we can’t/don’t/won’t help others.

Can’t because we are paying too much for debt and bills and don’t have the finances to fulfill our hearts wants.

Don’t because of a heart issue or lack of attention to the issues.

Won’t because of serious heart issues and not wanting to care for the needs of others.

What are your thoughts?

The Big Lie

The famous quote from Jospeh Goebbles is one probably known by everyone.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

However, the rest of the quote tells the motivation for the Big Lie and is the most damaging part of the Big Lie—it provides power to the State and represses truth.

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

For those that don’t know, Goebbles was the Minister for Propaganda for the Nazi’s in Germany from 1933 until 1945.

This is essentially true.  If you repeat the lie people think that what you are saying is the truth because time after time your lie is what they hear that they have no choice but to believe it.  The lie becomes the truth.  But who is telling the lie?  Goebbles isn’t talking about simple human to human contact (though I supposed it could work as well).  He is talking about the State telling a lie to the People of the State that the State represents.

However, Goebbles understands that the lie can only persist to truth if the Truth is not found out.  Thus, there is an incentive for the State to

use all of its powers to repress dissent

and maintain its power.  Goebbles understood that the lie could be of great importance to fortifying the power of the State if the State is seen as being benevolent with the lie and protecting its citizens.  This is how the Holocaust was carried out.  The great German state was saving its “proper” citizens from these “improper” citizens to keep the “proper” citizens from being corrupted or overrun or whatever.  In reality the State was using its power to repress the dissent that German soldiers were killing innocent men, women and children because they weren’t considered “acceptable” by the State.  Those that tried to bring truth to the lie shared the same fate.

Goebbles’ quote then sets up a causal logic chain that explains this.  The lie gives the State power as the State is using its power to repress dissent and the more and more dissent there is the more power the State will need to repress it.  This leads to Goebbles conclusion that

the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

The truth must be repressed because it exposes the lie for what it is and once exposed the power the State wields will fail as well.

The Christian Response

We have a duty to share the truth.  We are commissioned by Jesus to “go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel.”  This involves making man aware of his fallen state and how we have all trespassed God’s commands.  We then need to let people know that there is an answer—Jesus—and all they need to do is trust in his finished work on the cross for forgiveness and nothing else.  Then they grow in holiness through prayer and study of the Word.  That is the truth of the world—all are sinners and all need Jesus.

However, this truth is being repressed by a Big Lie—the role of Christians and politics.  For decades now the Left has told Christians that we are not to impose our views on others through the state.  For example, we (Christians) cannot pray in public schools because it offends those who are not Christians.  Or, all religious symbols must be banned from public schools because it offends atheists.  However, as a Christian I am offended that my religion is being supplanted by non-religions.  My right to exists and my right to practice my faith is being trampled on when I have to accommodate those who do not believe.  Or, we have to be tolerant of others but not Christians by allowing Muslims to pray in school but not Christians.  Thus, these are just a few examples how Christians are being targeted and not just religion.  The truth is under attack by a Big Lie.