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What does the Bible Say about Health Care?, Part III
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd: Everybody’s talking about health care these days, but here’s the fundamental question, "Is healthcare a right in our society?" I’m Wayne Shepherd with Dave Zanotti and this is The Public Square®.

Dave Zanotti: Wayne, I got into this conversation with a friend the other day and I talked about the right to health care being seriously abrogated by a nationalized takeover, and the person challenged me and said, "There’s no right to health care." Well we obviously had a collision of semantics. Let’s take the word health care off the table for a second and talk about the right to life.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." What is the right to life? It is the right to your body, the right to your personal space, your existence, and the health of your space and existence. That’s the fundamental tenant of our civil government that God gave to an individual their very core value of life, and that person has the right to pursue their life and what’s best for them.

WS: This raises the question, "What’s the government’s role in protecting that right to life?"

DZ: Well the founders went on to say, since those rights had come from God, that the purpose of government, according to the Declaration, is to secure those rights, not to grant them, not abrogate them, not to take them away, but to, in essence, secure those rights. So the reason that we come together in civil government is to protect the rights of the individuals: the right to life, to liberty, the pursuit of happiness, to property, and other things. So that’s the concept of where the civil government comes in, as a protector, not as a provider.

WS: We’ll pick this up next time here on The Public Square®. You can read a transcript online at APRoundtable.org. For Dave Zanotti, I’m Wayne Shepherd.

What Does the Bible Say About Health Care?, Part III - October 28, 2009

 

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