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Is it Christian to let uninsured people die?

Is it Christian to let uninsured people die?

In the recent Republican presidential debates, Ron Paul was asked whether a 30-year-old who chose not to pay for medical insurance, should be left to die. Ron Paul's answer was "that's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks..." which drew some applause from the audience. Ron Paul went on to suggest that churches, charities and family would pick up the tab. Students from Liberty University in Virginia, a conservative Christian college, were asked: "is it Christian to let uninsured people die?".

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Guest: iknowlessthanyoudo (3779 days ago)
Of course is isn't Christian. Why else would the corporate representatives running the Senate and House be so vociferous against ending the insurance and medical industry racket to continuously increase costs several times the rate of inflation each year? The new motto on our currency should be changed to read, "Under Greed We Stand". Only genetically wealthy individuals are entitled to good health in this country.
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Of course is isn't Christian. Why else would the corporate representatives running the Senate and House be so vociferous against ending the insurance and medical industry racket to continuously increase costs several times the rate of inflation each year? The new motto on our currency should be changed to read, "Under Greed We Stand". Only genetically wealthy individuals are entitled to good health in this country.
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MissAlanius MissAlanius (3779 days ago)
If Jesus was alive today he would not vote Republican, even though they are the most ardent of his followers.
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If Jesus was alive today he would not vote Republican, even though they are the most ardent of his followers.
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Guest: Kerry (3776 days ago)
Latest comment: Again this liberal site shows it's true colors.Ron Paul never advocated letting some one die.He advocates personal responsibility.What happened before insurance? Basically people who really needed help were helped by many good charitable organizations.Now every man and his dog weigh so heavily on society and govt. hand outs the system is about to collapse and NO ONE will have any insurance. Dopey socialists." Problem with socialism is sooner or later you run out of other peoples money" Margaret Thatcher.
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Latest comment: Again this liberal site shows it's true colors.Ron Paul never advocated letting some one die.He advocates personal responsibility.What happened before insurance? Basically people who really needed help were helped by many good charitable organizations.Now every man and his dog weigh so heavily on society and govt. hand outs the system is about to collapse and NO ONE will have any insurance. Dopey socialists." Problem with socialism is sooner or later you run out of other peoples money" Margaret Thatcher.
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slicksps slicksps (3779 days ago)
In the UK we have the NHS. It's a slowly, expensive service which means that anyone who needs medical care will get it. It's funded by the general public paying a proportion of their earnings right out of their salary is is not optional. Those who don't earn, don't pay but they still benefit. We do have the option of buying more expensive insurance and going into private hospitals or private doctors and many do. Forget Christian, I don't think it's human to allow someone to die just because they can't afford a life-saving operation.
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In the UK we have the NHS. It's a slowly, expensive service which means that anyone who needs medical care will get it. It's funded by the general public paying a proportion of their earnings right out of their salary is is not optional. Those who don't earn, don't pay but they still benefit. We do have the option of buying more expensive insurance and going into private hospitals or private doctors and many do. Forget Christian, I don't think it's human to allow someone to die just because they can't afford a life-saving operation.
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Guest: (3778 days ago)
It's not Christian to have any money to pay someone else's medical costs in the first place.
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It's not Christian to have any money to pay someone else's medical costs in the first place.
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Guest: (3777 days ago)
Correct. They are supposed to sell all they own and give the money to the poor. Though all that achieves is to swap roles so that different people are poor or own stuff. What do the poor do with the money they have been given? They presumably buy some stuff. I think this merry-go-round only stops when no Christian owns any money or any stuff. How are they going to pay for everyone else's health care then?
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Correct. They are supposed to sell all they own and give the money to the poor. Though all that achieves is to swap roles so that different people are poor or own stuff. What do the poor do with the money they have been given? They presumably buy some stuff. I think this merry-go-round only stops when no Christian owns any money or any stuff. How are they going to pay for everyone else's health care then?
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Guest: (3780 days ago)
So, Christians are going to pay for unlimited, universal health care? That's going to be interesting.
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So, Christians are going to pay for unlimited, universal health care? That's going to be interesting.
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Guest: j (3780 days ago)
Bravo to these college kids. Let's get them to run for President.
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Bravo to these college kids. Let's get them to run for President.
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Guest: Pablo V (3780 days ago)
They get my vote.
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They get my vote.
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Guest: Dave (3778 days ago)
What a fecking stupid question. Why not ask as a Christian do you think everybody should be forced to take out insurance and if they refuse should they be treated free. Then ask the question, if they work in Texas on minimum wage and can';t afford to pay for insurance what then?
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What a fecking stupid question. Why not ask as a Christian do you think everybody should be forced to take out insurance and if they refuse should they be treated free. Then ask the question, if they work in Texas on minimum wage and can';t afford to pay for insurance what then?
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Guest: Rational Guest (3780 days ago)
Thank you - it's clearly time to move those old farts like Ron Paul (or practically any American Republican) aside and let the next generation step up and do the right stuff. Liberty U is as conservative as it gets but with kids and attitudes like this even the Right could be OK. They'd even probably expose the Tea Party for what it really is and get on with real life.
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Thank you - it's clearly time to move those old farts like Ron Paul (or practically any American Republican) aside and let the next generation step up and do the right stuff. Liberty U is as conservative as it gets but with kids and attitudes like this even the Right could be OK. They'd even probably expose the Tea Party for what it really is and get on with real life.
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