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Friday, July 14, 2017

Grabbing It All

The push of evangelical "Christians" to take over the country knows no bounds. Here's one of the most radical, Jim Garlow, with his solution to the problem of health care:

Last month, right-wing pastor Jim Garlow was interviewed by Megan West of the organization My Faith Votes, where he claimed that “healthcare is God’s issue” and suggested that the government should impose a tax on citizens that could be given to churches so that they could provide healthcare to the poor.

According to Garlow, any government healthcare program is “doomed to fail” because the Constitution lists the “enumerated powers of what the government is allowed to do and can do, and one of them is not healthcare.” Instead, Garlow argued, the government ought to defer to the church on this issue because God “has already designed a format” for properly providing healthcare to a nation.

We're already subsidizing churches -- they don't pay taxes, so we have to make up the difference. And just a clue as to what Garlow thinks is providing healthcare to the poor:

Garlow insisted that “the best medical care and welfare benefits can be done by the church” and should be funded through a “once every three years, ten-percent taxation on people” that would allocate money to “the faith communities.” According to Garlow, allowing the church to provide healthcare would “get rid of the freeloaders that abuse welfare.”

How Republican of him. One can't help but wonder who is going to decide who those "freeloaders" are, given the alignment of so many "Christian" churches with right-wing extremists and out-and-out racists. And who's going to supervise these churches to make sure that they're meeting minimum requirements for adequate care?

There are already real problems with Catholic hospitals playing pick and choose with what services they will offer and who they will treat. Can you imagine the nightmare if all healthcare in this country were subject to religious doctrine?

I'm pretty much poleaxed by the sheer effrontery of Garlow's proposed money grab.

Via Joe.My.God.

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