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Mad about Health Care?
Tuesday, June 09, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd:  This is The Public Square® with Dave Zanotti.  I'm Wayne Shepherd.  And Dave, yesterday we started a conversation about the plan for nationalized healthcare. My guess is some people are a little steamed about this subject.

Dave Zanotti:  Wayne, we realize this issue of health care creates a great deal of fear, anger and passion. Friends who have been listening to this broadcast over the past 20 years know that we don’t just tweak these issues to get listeners riled up.

WS: No.

DZ: Our commitment is to present the critical issues of the day, and health care is one of those issues, and to search for a biblical response.

On the question of healthcare—there are many voices claiming to speak for God and the Bible, and truth and justice—but I’m not convinced. Just because people feel strongly about an issue doesn’t make it right. The German people felt strongly about their failing economy and turned to Hitler for help. Where was the church in the 1930s to challenge those passions when they seemed so right?

We are going to be talking a lot about health care here on The Public Square® for the next few months, so people should know right up front what we are looking for. Our agenda is not political, or partisan, or driven by financial gain. We are looking for the most biblical response to questions in the health care debate. And that just doesn't mean what is emotionally sensitive today, it means what are the long term consequences of our decisions. 

And I’m here to tell you, Wayne, that just because a proposal sounds good and seems wrapped up in compassion doesn’t mean it is right or will work out in the long run. There is a lot of history to consider here, and we are going to do our best to talk about it every day.

WS:  We'll continue this conversation here.  Join us next time here on The Public Square®.

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