Much ado has been made of the Tea Party Debate moment when the audience cheerfully agrees that our country should let people die if they don’t have health insurance.
The real information here, though, is not what a couple of hecklers in the audience are saying, but what the politicians are saying. Namely, what was Ron Paul‘s actual answer as to who should pay for health care?
They may seem like strange bedfellows, but insurance and religion actually team up pretty well when it comes to health. Ignoring the metaphysical role of religion, the societal role of churches is a form of insurance in itself. Everyone pays their dividends with the understanding that the church will cover them in a time of need, whether in this life or beyond. It is no coincidence that the countries with the best health care in the world are also the least religious. They also have a very small insurance industry.
The fact is, if people don’t need God in this life, they stop coming to him for help, and that means less donations to the churches, not only from the masses but also from charities who work with the churches to provide care to those in need. There is a very good reason why religious establishments would not want the government to provide health care to the American people—because if the government isn’t there for the people, the people will turn to the churches for help. It’s why the churches are there.