Sunday, October 10, 2010

Can Wright Be Any More Wrong?

I am often confused by the screeching of so many Christians complaining about the concept of universal health care.  I would think that followers of some guy who earned his fame by supposedly healing the sick would be into the idea of health care for all.  But, quite a few fundamentalists and other wingnuts are dead set against it.  And some of them go to absurd extremes to argue against health care.  One wingnut, Wendy Wright, wrote a piece recently for American Thinker, a site for teabaggers and wingnuts.  In it, she attempts to show how ObamaCare violates all ten of the Commandments.  And she's not kidding.
#10. You shall not covet.

As with many bills, politicians sold ObamaCare by stoking envy. It goes like this: "What other people own -- what they earned -- you are entitled to." Covetousness, wanting what others have, is cloaked as a "right." But a "right" to a product (like insurance) or service (like health care) means others are forced to pay for or provide it, with no concurrent "right" to be justly compensated.
I am disturbed, but not exactly shocked that Ms Wrong Wright would call one's desire for affordable health care a sin.  And, one of the ten biggies at that.  Her argument is an old one trotted out by the conservatives.  If one is poor, it is their own damn fault, and they do not deserve any government handouts to ease the burden of poverty.  What would the teabaggers and neocons do with the poor?  Allow them to suffer?  Apparently so, and that does not seem particularly Christian to me.
#9. You shall not bear false witness.

Remember when President Obama made the wild accusation that doctors were removing children's tonsils and amputating diabetic patients' feet to make money? Virtually no mainstream media found it worth reporting that Obama's malicious false witness was debunked.
Her link leads to a NewsBusters report that quotes Obama directly.  He said:
[L]et's take the example of something like diabetes, one of --- a disease that's skyrocketing, partly because of obesity, partly because it's not treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family -- if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they're taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 -- immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. 
It is obvious that Obama is saying that investing in preventive care will save money in the long run.  And, it's also better for the patient's health.  But, Ms Wrong Wright is trying to claim that Obama was accusing doctors of performing unnecessary operations in order to make extra money.  So, in accusing Obama of bearing false witness, she, um, lies.  A bit of advice, lady.  If you are going to lie, don't provide a link leading to an article that proves you to be a liar in the same sentence.
#8. You shall not steal.

Stealing is not only pointing a gun and demanding, "Give me your money." It's also taking money under false pretenses -- frauds and scams like Bernie Madoff's, where money willingly handed over is used for something other than what was promised.

You know where the bulk of the money taken for ObamaCare through taxes, fines, and raiding other accounts will go -- not to actual health care or insurance, but to 159 new bureaucracies, and tens of thousands of new government employees. 
Um, yeah, her link goes to a press release from a Republican Congressman.  Real authoritative source there, Wendy.  Government is big, bloated and inefficient.  I'll grant Wendy that, but the solution isn't to get rid of the government.  Governments are necessary.  They provide roads, police protection, education, and other essential services.  Raising revenue to pay for these services is not stealing.  If Ms Wright Wrong doesn't want to be robbed taxed by any governments, perhaps she would be happier in Somalia, where they don't have a functioning government.
#7. You shall not commit adultery. 
ObamaCare channels millions of dollars to graphic sex education programs which instruct kids as young as kindergartners to be sexually active. Read what some of the comprehensive sex education programs teach. This sets children up to take marriage vows lightly since "it's just sex."
OK, at this point, I'm thinking Poe's Law.  I mean, she's gotta be kidding, right?  Abstinence only education does not lead to abstinence.  It leads to teen girls letting their boyfriends ass fuck them so they can remain "virgins."  I'm not kidding, check the link.  Comprehensive sex education does not lead to adultery.  It leads to teen girls insisting that their boyfriends put a condom on first.
#6. You shall not murder.

ObamaCare allows government funding of abortion, the murder of the most innocent.
Does this lady remember the Stupak Amendment?
The stated purpose of the amendment was to prohibit the use of federal funds "to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion" except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother.
So, she lies again.  For the record, I think that abortion should be covered by health care.  A fetus is not a person.  Abortion is not murder.
#5. Honor your father and mother.

As parents age, it oftentimes falls on their children to make their health care decisions. It can be heart-wrenching. But it is our responsibility and duty as their children.

Under ObamaCare, that privilege will be stripped from us and given to unaccountable bureaucrats. They will ultimately decide what health care our parents can get. Medical advances will be stymied, and what is available will be rationed. The elderly will be denied hip replacements and heart surgeries, medical wonders that provide full and productive lives. This will lead to unnecessary disabilities and untimely deaths. Parents will be at the mercy of bureaucrats tasked with calculating costs, rather than a family motivated by love and honor.
More of the "death panel" crap.  There is nothing in the bill that calls for the rationing of health care.  This insidious lie was created to scare people into thinking that the feds will "pull the plug on Grandma."  The only thing even remotely close is that the bill provides compensation to doctors to discuss end of life care options with patients.  It does not call for bureaucrats, or anyone else, to make those decisions.  That is left up to the patient.

Oddly, we currently have rationing.  The rich get tremendous care, with the best doctors and the best hospitals.  Tests are done immediately, and procedures are scheduled at the earliest possible convenience.  Regular folk who have insurance need to wait.  A cab driver buddy of mine, in his sixties, once found a lump in his throat.  Having smoked most of his life, he was rather worried.  He went to his doctor, and was told that a biopsy was needed to check for cancer.  The earliest test that my friend could schedule was for three months later, and he had no choice but to wait.  And, for three months, he waited to check to see if this lump was cancerous, and perhaps growing over that time.  And, this man had insurance that he paid a good amount of money for every month.  Fortunately, it was only a cyst, and he was fine, but three months?  The rich get the care they need.  The rest wait.  And those of us without insurance, wait even longer.
#4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

Why was Congress compelled to hold the final vote on ObamaCare on a Sunday? No looming deadline demanded immediate action by the House of Representatives. It's as if they went out of their way to thumb their noses at God and prove their disrespect. The Senate vote was held on Christmas Eve.
Now this comment is just whining.  Congress is a secular body, and has no responsibility to respect the sabbath of somebody's religion.  Besides, if the Republicans hadn't spent so much time playing delaying tactics, the vote could have been held during the regular work week.
#3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Many people limit this to avoiding using God's name as a curse word. Jewish scholars, however, so solemnly followed this commandment that they wouldn't even write out the full name of God. They were cautious not to take His name lightly.

President Obama gave a pen with which he signed ObamaCare to Sister Carol Keehan, the nun who runs the Catholic Health Association. Why? Her seal of approval appeared to give a Catholic blessing to a bill that her superiors, the bishops, rejected. Among the "Religious Left" credited by Nancy Pelosi were United Methodists and the "Faithful Reform in Health Care," a coalition of liberal religious agencies.

Their titles as religious leaders, ambassadors of God, were shameless props used by politicians to give the thin veneer of God's approval. In effect, they used God's name, His reputation, to promote something that contradicts His commandments.
Oh, my fucking God, is this halfwit even half serious? Jesus, is she really saying that if another Christian doesn't agree with her, then that person is taking the lord's name in vain?  Christ, what an arrogant fool.
#2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image (false gods).

What do those who worship false gods do? They sacrifice to those gods, even despicable gods, in hopes that they will get something in return. Of course, these gods can't deliver.

ObamaCare became a holy grail that surpassed a desire for health care reform, morphing into an obsession to pass a bill. Congressmen sacrificed their reputations and careers to pass a bill -- a despised bill. It became a false god. And it isn't delivering.
Umm, what?  I'm not insane enough to understand what she is saying.
#1. There is only one God.

ObamaCare sets up government as the one who will supply our needs and provide for our health. It places us on the path of socialist countries, where people expect the government to provide for them and then riot when governments cut bloated spending.

In contrast, Americans throw Tea Parties to stop government expansion and spending. Most Americans know that their faith is better-placed in the true God who loves them more than any government official can.
And, here we get to the crux of the matter.  The biggest reason why so many fundamentalist Christians fear universal health care.  Competition.  They can't handle it. If government provided a decent safety net, people might not need religion or the charity it provides quite so much.  And the religious establishment fears not being needed.  If people don't need them, their enrollment numbers might drop.  Fighting to deny universal health care to those who need it, in order to keep organized religion popular, is just plain evil.

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