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Single-payer system shifts family responsibilities to government

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Our Founding Fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution using Biblical teaching that individuals should be self-reliant and not dependent on the government or others for their support.

To misconstrue the Declaration of Independence phrase of "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." as justification for the government to become the caretaker of its citizens is a mistake. 

In our Creator's eyes, we are all equal at the time of birth. What happens after birth is the responsibility of the child's father and mother until the child reaches the age of majority; which is 18 in the United States. When individuals reach majority, they then become responsible for their own support and caretaking.

What about those who are not able-bodied? It is still the family's responsibility to take care of the individual. In most cases the family will need help caring for the infirm and impaired without the help of the community. For those of us who are Christians, we believe that it is an individual responsibility to help care for the poor and needy, which includes the infirm and impaired.

When individuals start calling for a single-payer system of health insurance, they immediately use unrealistic comparisons. To compare the United States with a population of 324.5 million; versus Canada's population of 36.6 million; or versus Great Britain's population of 66.2 million; or versus France's population of 66.9 million; or versus Denmark's population of 5.7 million; or versus Sweden's population 9.9 million, is comical. 

The population of all these countries combined is 185.3 million - just over half of what the United States' is!

Everyone who proposes a single-payer system says we should pay for it with taxes on the rich. What is going to happen when those individuals move or lose their money?

A single-payer system is not the answer. It will only increase our national debt in addition to the enormous problems of fraud and corruption in health care.

Ray Shamlin

Rocky Mount

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