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Healthcare-F

15 Apr

While liberals promote universal government health care, they ignore the facts. Government health is very expensive to operate because of the bureaucracy it creates to administer it. However it was presented as cheaper than private insurance because it is subsidized by the government with tax money, so the patient only sees part of the cost. In addition, it made health care more expensive as doctors and health care organizations struggled to cover the added cost of tests and paperwork required by the government and were no longer forced to hold down prices to keep care affordable. Private insurance companies had to raise rates to cover the increased cost resulting in more people who couldn’t afford insurance so the government expanded its insurance to cover more people. Private insurance couldn’t compete and so many companies folded or moved to other more profitable programs resulting in more people turning to government insurance. In addition, many doctors quit medicine or turned to medical research or teaching due to their opposition to growing government paperwork and arbitrary rejection of claims. Those remaining faced increased patient loads and cut corners to see more patients, but shear numbers caused increased delays in seeing and treating patients, resulting in poorer quality treatment. In addition, more doctors refused to accept clients with Medicare and Medicaid due to the low reimbursement and high amount of paperwork.  Those who accept them often do not recommend treatment to Medicaid and Medicare patients which they feel will not be covered by the government, resulting in prolonged sickness and premature deaths.  The United States has experienced all this as a result of Obamacare. While it provides health coverage for more people, it provides far inferior care. While death rates are falling in underdeveloped countries, they are rising in the United States and other developing countries, so while people are living longer in underdeveloped countries, the life expectancy in the United States and other developed countries is dropping. While liberal claim they want to make health care available to everyone, the increasing cost of private insurance makes it out of reach for an increasing number of people, including not only the poor but an increasing number in the working class and middle class. Those unable to afford private insurance are forced to accept government covered care which is poor quality since doctors cut corners to maximize profit and they no longer have to worry about the patient finding another doctor since few doctors accept government insurance.

 

 

Healthcare-E

15 Apr

President Biden just cut payments to Medicare Advantage providers for the second time in his administration. Though he continues to claim Republicans are trying to cut Medicare and Social Security benefits, he continues to do so quietly so no one will notice. Medicare Advantage plans are privately run government funded plans which are increasingly popular because they offer a lot more benefits then traditional Medicare. They can do that because they are much more efficient in handling billing than the government and they are able to cut fraud through greater scrutiny. It enables them to offer more services with little or no extra cost. By cutting payments to providers, it will force the providers to cut services offered or require higher copays. That will mean more of the cost will be born by Seniors. President Biden hands out added benefits with great fanfare to get votes and then cuts services quietly so they won’t notice. The purpose of the cuts is to make Advantage plans less attractive and push Seniors back to traditional Medicare to allow the government greater control over the health care industry. President Obama pushed ObamaCare which would have gradually forced private insurance providers out of the market and given the  government complete control over the healthcare market. President Trump gutted the worst abuses of Obamacare but President Biden is seeking to reinstate them.

 

 

video-The Fields Are White-Sermon

10 Apr

 

Third Sunday of Eastertide-April 14

10 Apr

Showcase volunteer opportunities in church/community-This is a good time to inform the members about the vast number of volunteer opportunities that are available. A list such as the volunteer talent search survey I reproduced in my book “Rebuilding The Kingdom” under “To Preserve The Light” could be handed out and members urged to look it over, pray about how and where God would have them serve,  and consider what things they would like to be involved in. The church board could also have representatives of the various committees in the church and representatives of Christian service organizations in the community set up tables with displays in the fellowship hall and be available after church or in the afternoon or evening to talk to those who are interested in volunteering. The members could then mark their preferences on the sheet. A personnel committee could then seek ways to help members carry out what God wants for them. Most churches have a personnel committee of volunteers appointed before the annual meeting to develop a list of officers to be voted on but the church really needs a year long committee of those interested in helping people find ways to use their gifts that gets to know members and the church structure and help people find meaningful areas to serve. Some members can be joined to existing church programs while others could be directed to Christian service organizations. There may be some where there are no existing programs and the church should seriously consider if it should develop those programs

 

Politics-AB-AS

10 Apr

President Biden continues to show his contempt for the rule of law. He seems to feel he is above the law. He continues to engineer student loan forgiveness in spite of the Supreme Court ruling that he has no authority to do so. He is committing American taxpayers to pay billions of dollars to cover  student loans with no authorization from Congress. He continues to authorize funds for abortions overseas in spite of the fact that our laws expressly forbid any funds for organizations performing abortions overseas.  He also continues to push for Veteran’s hospitals to perform abortions in States that have outlawed abortions, claiming the Veterans hospitals are federal property and not subject to State law and is pushing States to pay for abortions from Medicaid funds, for patients coming from States that have outlawed abortions, in spite of the fact that Medicaid funds are State funds, not federal funds and State laws require that recipients must be residents of the State. He is also pushing hospitals and doctors to perform abortions in  spite of their religious beliefs which forbid it. Our country was founded on the principle laid down by God that no one, including the king (or president) is above the law and that everyone is endowed by God with certain rights which the government cannot violate. President Biden continues to push the belief that since he is president, he can bend or ignore laws he feels will not promote his agenda, or which threaten him or his friends, but can use those laws to threaten and intimidate his opponents. When he was sworn in as President, he promised to uphold the laws of this country and has since openly violated his oath of office and the laws of this country on numerous occasions. Voters will need to decide in November whether they want a country ruled by God’s law which applies equally to everyone or a country where laws can be changed or ignored at the discretion of politicians.

 

 

Economics-C-A

10 Apr

Democrats are telling people that Republicans don’t care about people because they are turning down continuing funds to extended unemployment and Medicaid benefits but the fact is Republicans are turning them down because people have become lazy and don’t want to go back to work because they are making more on unemployment. The funds were supposed to be temporary to help the States get over the bump of unemployment due to Covid. That has long passed  but many people refuse to go back to work and many industries and businesses are desperately seeking workers but very few people want to work. It is forcing wages up to try to attract workers and that is continuing to fuel inflation. Democrats want to continue the programs so they can get those people to vote for them. We need to get people back to work to get the economy going again but we also need to get them to work because we cannot sustain an economy with a large portion of able-bodied people living off the people who are working. It isn’t fair to those who are working to have to support a lot of people who don’t want to work.  Democrats are pushing for a socialist society where the government collects everything and doles out to everyone equally and that has failed wherever it is tried. If people cannot gain anything from working over the minimum, they will work the minimum and if they can get the same from not working as they would from working, they would rather not work.  Even communist countries like China and Russia have had to allow a small amount of private enterprise to keep their country’s economies afloat.

 

 

Finances-H-A-B

09 Apr

President Biden has authorized more student loan forgiveness. It makes no sense. He has already authorized 600 Billion dollars in loan forgiveness in spite of the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional because all government expenditures have to be authorized by Congress and Congress has not authorized any of it. That is more than all that the government pays for education in K-12 grades. In addition, it will lead many people to go to college with the idea that the government will pay off their loans and there is no guarantee of that. We already have a lot of kids going to college without a clear goal of what they are going to do and many of them are eventually choosing career paths that do not require a college degree.  College has been billed as a necessity to get a good paying job but while some jobs like doctors and lawyers are high paying, many jobs requiring a college degree are falling behind many jobs that do not require a degree, such as jobs in business and the trades. It is drawing many students into college under the impression that they can get loans for it and push paying it off down the road. If they think they can get away with not having to pay it off at all, it will encourage even more to go when it isn’t needed for what they want to do. That leaves them heavily in debt for something they don’t need, with no clear way to pay it off.

 

 

Second Sunday of Eastertide-April 7

04 Apr

Study the Word-Many churches go through the motions of worship on Sunday morning and think they are worshiping God, but if that worship doesn’t affect their everyday life, it is just entertainment. God wants more than just entertainment he wants changed lives. To serve God, we must become like Christ, but to become like Christ, we must learn what Christ is like by studying the Gospels. Hopefully, Lent was a time of studying the Scriptures and seeking to become what God  wants us to become. Easter signifies a break with the past and the beginning of a new journey with God. Eastertide signifies a change in direction toward serving Christ. Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. That involves more than just the pastor preaching. Each member interacts with a multitude of unchurched individuals every day who need to hear the Gospel.   The church needs to begin preparing for reaching out to those around it by studying the Scriptures that relate to serving God.   For instance, (1) Matt 9:35-38, need for laborers, (2) Matt 16:24-26 self-denial, (3) Matt:18:1-4, Matt 20:25-28 who is greatest, (4) Luke 10:29-37 good Samaritan, (5) Matt 25:31-46 sheep & goats,  and (7) John 13:3-17 Jesus washes their feet.

 

video-Easter-Why We Celebrate-sermon

04 Apr

 

Video-Meaning of Eastertide

04 Apr