Where the Parties Stand

Democratic Party Platform

  • “Democrats believe that health care is a right, not a privilege, and our health care system should put people before profits. … never falter in our generations-long fight to guarantee health care as a fundamental right for every American.” (Page 34)
  • “Democrats have been fighting to secure universal health care for the American people for generations…” (Page 34)
  • “Democrats will make sure that the United States finally enacts national paid family and medical leave by passing a family and medical leave act that would provide all workers at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or address a personal or family member’s serious health issue.” (Page 5)
  • “We continue to see unacceptable differences in health outcomes by race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. A growing body of research demonstrates the link between social factors—such as poverty, unemployment, experience of discrimination, and housing instability—and poor health.” (Page 38)
  • “… we will work with health professionals to ensure that all children have access to mental health care.” (Page 37)

Republican Party Platform

  • “[For Medicare] … we propose these reforms: Impose no changes for persons 55 or older. Give others the option of traditional Medicare or transition to a premium-support model designed to strengthen patient choice, promote cost-saving competition among providers, and better guard against the fraud and abuse that now diverts billions of dollars every year away from patient care. Guarantee to every enrollee an income-adjusted contribution toward a plan of their choice, with catastrophic protection. Without disadvantaging present retirees or those nearing retirement, set a more realistic age for eligibility in light of today’s longer life span.” (Page 24)
  • “[For Medicaid] we applaud the Republican governors and state legislators who have undertaken the hard work of modernizing Medicaid. We will give them a free hand … by block-granting the program without strings. (Page 24)
  • “America’s healthcare professionals should not be forced to choose between following their faith and practicing their profession.” (Page 37)
  • “We support the ability of all organizations to provide, purchase, or enroll in healthcare coverage consistent with their religious, moral, or ethical convictions with-out discrimination or penalty.” (Page 37)

What the Bible Says

The Bible admonishes us to consider the plight of the poor. We cannot ignore them and their needs. Proverbs 28:27 says, “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

The poor deserve our consideration and compassion. James 2:15-16 says, “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”

On the other hand, we are admonished against laziness and neglect and should be concerned about a welfare system that often enables bad habits that lead to poverty. Proverbs 6:6 says, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” We should also be concerned about a welfare system that rewards idleness and poor work habits. In the New Testament, Paul issued this command in 1 Thessalonians 3:10, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

Paul also provides instruction to take care of extended family “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God” (1 Timothy 5:4). He goes on to warn those who do not provide for their families, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).

"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (1 Timothy 5:8 ESV).

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