We are the church in the battle. Who are we loyal to in matters of public policy? I want everyone to look at this question and think about it. Are we loyal to the state or the church?
How do we solve the problem? Are we like the Roman citizens 2,000 years ago, who turned their backs on their Christian neighbors who swore allegiance to the church and to God? There are thousands of Catholic institutions out there who soon will be suffering a huge challenge in health care: a decision to give in to the government or stand up for their "individual mandate" from God and church. Do you think they feel alone or in solidarity with their Catholic brothers and sisters?
Are the rest of us participating in the government plan by not doing anything? A plan that we know will fail and fail the Catholics -who, by the way, are responsible for starting most of the early hospitals. For examples of failure, look at government financed housing and education. When this fails in a few years, the Catholic institutions will be long gone because they were forced to close or to sell out in 2012 or 2013. Will they be back? I doubt it. The government will have long since criminalized them for being disruptive or hateful. Think of more than 600 Catholic hospitals that will change hands or close with this law of Obamacare. By the way, they will be "for-profit" institutions.
Our health care costs will skyrocket and we'll be forced into the government plan. (Think farm program, flood insurance, housing and education again.) It's a losing game with the government in charge. Does government meddling ever work out? Look at our national debt at $15 trillion and unfunded liabilities in the $100 trillion range. This will go bad in many ways!
I would appreciate feedback in this newspaper if anyone would care to share their solutions. If you don't know what to do about it then start with as much prayer as you can muster for the cause.
Thank you for your time!