There is a misguided concept out there that anyone who is against the health care bill, is against helping people. I have been trying all week to put into words why this is not the case. But it's hard to argue with people who feel like the health care bill is the nicest thing we can do for the sick, the elderly, and the poor.
This morning I ran across this quote from Adrian Rogers that puts it so eloquently. Adrian Rogers was a pastor, author, three-term president of the Southern Baptist Association. He said this:
"You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from someone else.
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Ronald Reagan also warned us about universal health care, waaaaaay back in 1961. He stated:
"One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project; most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for those who possibly can't afford it."
You can watch the whole speech on You Tube here.
The poor must be helped, and the problem of expensive health care does have solutions, but government is not the answer. It never was, and it never will be.
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