Though the media has drastically reduced its use of the term fiscal cliff in its reporting of late, we can’t think we’ve magically been transported off the summit of impending disaster. Just yesterday, as I sat down with my tax preparer, she dutifully informed me of a rocky government mandate. Our income tax returns will provide one means for them to attempt to force our hands.
Unless something changes, by next year, the United States government will require that all of its citizens have some kind of health insurance. For someone like me, who has none at the moment, it might sound like a grand idea. But I don’t buy it — I’d be a fool to believe this will fix all of my problems.
I recognize the danger of forcing a socialist method on the people of this nation. Of putting our hope and faith into a system destined to fail, versus in the One who created our bodies. Why would we think we are wiser than great nations who fell before we existed? Egypt, Babylon, Israel, Palestine, Greece, Rome, and others tracked the same pattern down a slippery slope, which led to their final demise.
Forcing healthcare may be the crack that starts the cliff to crumble. And once it begins, our land will slide fast into dark waters.
These are the reasons I don’t agree with mandated health care:
- The forced requirement will put many small companies out of business. They can’t afford to provide health care for their employees now, or most would do it. I’ve seen the costs, and the majority of small to medium sized companies cannot sustain profits under the weight of these boulder sized financial pressures. As the old saying goes, “You can’t get blood out of a turnip.”
- Many employers will revert to drastically reducing employee hours in order to salvage their businesses. I envision a U.S. workforce weakened through the necessity that one individual work two or three different jobs, so they can get enough hours to put food on the table. The end result will likely spread people so thin, they aren’t equipped to do any one thing very well. We could lose detail, expertise, creativity, new inventions, and our pioneering spirit.
- When all else fails, the plan is for our government to pick up the tab for the balance of premiums through subsidy, or welfare programs. Those people who can’t afford health care, and aren’t given access through employment, are to qualify for governmental coverage. But who’s ultimately paying for this???
Once again, our leaders foolishly believe Stimulus Packages, social reforms, and other handouts will create positive results. But pretending we have resources we do not have won’t fix our nation’s problems. Many business owners cannot afford this. Many employees cannot afford this. State governments cannot afford this. And our federal government certainly cannot afford this.
But there is a viable, powerful, simple answer to this huge problem. One that won’t require we springboard into a financial abyss as we dive off our fiscal cliff.
On Friday, I’ll begin a story, told in multiple parts through my blog, where I use my imagination to share the vision of how this might affect us. At the end, I’ll reveal the powerful answer to solve our looming problem. In the meantime, I urge you to join me in obeying God’s mandate so true healing can occur. To pray for our leaders. Those in local, state, federal, and international positions. We are teetering on the edge of the cliff, and it’s no place to play around.
Do you think mandated health care is the answer? What would you propose we do to help the sick and poor?
Anita Fresh Faith
James 5:16 (NIV)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of the soon-to-be released book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.