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Healthcare Reform Means Patients Put Before Bureaucrats

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The U.S. House recently passed, by a narrow vote of  217 to 213, a new bill to facilitate Obamacare's repeal. It is the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It has been said that President Trump’s personally persuading many Congressmen helped this legislation pass the House.

Now that ball goes to the Senate.

Ironically, Obamacare is officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An Orwellian title. Obamacare has literally made healthcare unaffordable for millions of Americans. And those millions of Americans have seen the costs of their premiums, as well as their deductibles, skyrocket.

In all attempts to reform our healthcare system, the focus, I think, should be on the patients and their doctors — not on government bureaucrats.

Recently, I interviewed on my radio show a medical doctor who served for several years as a Georgia representative in the U.S. Congress, Dr. Paul Broun. He introduced a bill that would have repealed Obamacare.

He told me that the need is to put "patients and doctors in charge of all of their healthcare decisions. We [need to] get the federal government out of setting policy, setting pricing, as well as get the mandates off of the healthcare system. All of those things cause the price to go up for everybody."

Dr. Broun likes the idea of providing tax incentives for those donating to medical clinics to help the poor, such as Mercy Clinic, a Christian-based group in what his former congressional district. He noted, "What that does is take money out of the hands of the bureaucrats and the politicians in Washington and puts it where it should be, and that is, taking care of folks that need the care."

The bill also gave tax credits to doctors to see indigent patients.

On a personal note, because of his love for Jesus, Dr. Broun has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free care to indigent people. Ironically, a doctor like him might possibly get in trouble today because of government regulations. Broun told me, "If a doctor takes Medicare, and he gives away his services to a patient [e.g., a poor person who couldn’t afford care], they could literally put the doctor in jail for seeing people for free, which is . . . inane."

We have become so secularized today that we forget it was the church that gave birth to the phenomenon of hospitals in the first place. Jesus Christ went around healing the sick, and Christians have sought to treat the sick ever since. Massive programs like Obamacare often shut out the church.

A major blessing of the bill the House of Representatives passed last Thursday is the defunding (at least for one year) of Planned Parenthood. Mat Staver of Liberty Council wrote on May 4, 2017, "Planned Parenthood currently receives approximately $553 million in federal funding per year. For one year, the AHCA eliminates more than $390 million, or 80 percent, in annual federal funding to the largest abortion mill in the nation."

The battle now will be to make sure that this provision remains in the version of the bill that makes it through the U.S. Senate.

Dr. David Stevens, the president of the Christian Medical and Dental Society, has had some great insights on healthcare reform in America. I interviewed him several years ago, back in 2011, after Obamacare passed but before its implementation.

What he said back then is just as relevant today.

He told me, "The biggest issue in healthcare is cost. We need health care reform, but we got the cart before the horse. To use another analogy; the patient is bleeding and instead of giving the patient blood we’re actually causing the patient to bleed more with [Obamacare]. The big issue is cost and we’re adding more cost to the system, things that we cannot afford.  . . . why can’t people get health care insurance? Because it costs too much, so now we’re going to increase the cost." That indeed is what happened.

Stevens noted, "[C]ost is out of control and we’ve got to control costs but we have to do that in a compassionate and intelligent way."

He adds that Obamacare favors the "quality of life ethic" as opposed to the "sanctity of life ethic." Says Stevens, "Quality of life means: Is this person with a disability . . . do they have a life worth living? Should we do this procedure, provide this medicine based upon their quality of life? Sanctity of life says, 'Life’s worth is based upon the fact that you were created by God and that life is sacred' . . . Those two things are in dire contrast and increasingly the whole area of quality of life is being used to make decisions concerning healthcare."

For now, it appears that we are moving in the right direction, working to repeal Obamacare once and for all.

Jerry Newcombe is co-host/senior TV producer of Kennedy Classics. He has written/co-written 25 books, including "The Book That Made America, Doubting Thomas" (with Mark Beliles), "What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?" (With D. James Kennedy), and "George Washington's Sacred Fire" (with Peter Lillback). For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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