The current uproar – manifested in numerous town hall meetings – over possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begs the question: Does the Bible speak to this situation?
Currently there are an estimated 18 million Americans who have insurance – as a result of the ACA – which is subsidized by the federal government, mostly, and in some cases partially by state governments who have opted to expand the number of Medicaid beneficiaries in their respective states. Therefore, there are an estimated 18 million Americans who are dependent on the federal treasury for their health insurance. As it happens, the “federal treasury” is simply the repository of, mainly, individual income taxes. Therefore, 18 million Americans are benefitting from the finances of others to fund their health insurance. However, given the fact that the federal budget hasn’t been balanced since the inception of the ACA, today’s ACA beneficiaries are also depending on the federal government’s borrowing of billions of dollars to fund the purchase of their health insurance.
This brings us to the recent exciting town hall meetings that members of Congress have experienced. At many of these meetings there is a sizeable portion of individuals who do not want to lose the ACA benefit they currently enjoy. Consequently, they express their angst at potentially losing the benefit – that is, ending the payment of their health insurance coverage by current taxpayers and future generations of taxpayers who will be obligated to repay, with interest, the funds currently borrowed to pay for ACA benefits. In effect, these town hall meeting attendees want other people’s money – and they’re not shy in demanding it from their elected officials (i.e. those with the “power over the purse”).
Does the Bible speak about this phenomenon which exists when someone desperately desires that which belongs to another (i.e. “any thing that is thy neighbor’s”)? And if it does, what is the Biblical perspective on this subject?
And finally, what is a Christian Statesman’s response to this situation?