where religion and politics meet

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is what one believes about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.

If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.

Countries also have a worldview, a way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Ours used to be Christianity. Now it is secularism, which is practical atheism.

Some of us are trying to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.

A religion is not a culture, though it creates one. It is not what you prefer, like your taste in music or your favorite movie. It is what you believe to be true. Because it deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, but the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation and critical thinking.

Every human being has the duty to search for and learn the truth about life. Education and science used to be valuable tools in this search, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary or worthwhile.

poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues,

For now I want to focus my writing now articles specifically addressed to Christians. So most of my new posts will be on my other website listed below. I will continue to write and post short responses to newspaper columns and letters and even other articles as the inspiration hits me.

Visit my other websites theimportanceofhealing blogspot.com where I talk about healing and my book of the same name and LarrysBibleStudies.blogspot.com where I am posting all my other Bible studies. Follow this link to my videos on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

If you want to contact me, email is best: lacraig1@sbcglobal.net

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Health Care Reform Solution


Health Care Reform Solution

            I would like to offer my suggestions on how we can best resolve the health care crisis in our country. 

            There are two basic problems to health care: the cost and the availability. 

The best way to reduce costs without compromising the quality of coverage and to maximize the availability of coverage without government insurance is the use of group coverage in place of individual coverage.  

I propose the creation at every insurance company of virtual groups, based on occupations, as reported on one’s annual income taxes.  These virtual groups would include all occupations including typically self-employed ones as entrepreneur, home business, writer, inventor, small business owner, homemaker, and sales.  Unique occupations can be grouped with the closest similar group by mutual agreement with the insurance companies.  So there would no longer be ‘individual’ medical insurance policies, unless, of course, say, a wealthy person wanted to create a unique policy with customized options.

COBRA would continue indefinitely, but an unemployed person would be able to switch to a lower costing plan at any insurance company for that group.  I worked most of my career in the meat business with an excellent union insurance plan.  If I found that COBRA costs to continue this coverage was prohibitive, I could change to other plans at the same or different insurance companies for people in the meat industry.

Health plans have long been a part of a company’s employee benefits, and this should continue.  For two reasons.  As a nation, we want to encourage people to work.  And, secondly, it keeps employers informed of the true cost of living and helps to insure that working people have livable wages.

Employers need to be encouraged (i.e. need incentives) to provide health insurance, and this is best done through tax breaks.  Our society benefits as a whole when all of it has medical insurance, so the tax breaks would be cost effective.  Perhaps a dollar for dollar tax reduction for all employer contributions or even slightly higher to cover the actual costs of implementing and administering the plans.

Why Not a Government Alternative Plan?

It has been proposed that the government offer an alternative plan to compete with private plans.  The problem with this is that the government does not have to work with true costs and true income.  The government has long refused to work within a budget.  So any prices it would offer for an insurance plan would be arbitrary and not true competition. 

Why Not a Single Payer Option?

This is not good for the same reason that our country abolished monopolies a hundred years ago.  It’s competition that spurs efficiency and innovation.  A government program is the least efficient way of doing anything.  Creating a new right of universal health insurance creates also huge disincentives for the work force.  We want as a nation to encourage our people to find meaningful work, and tying health insurance to that might be the best way to do that.

Thank you.

Larry Craig

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