I've devoted the last several weeks to Bible study, prayer and meditation about health care reform, and I've come to the conclusion that the only Christian option is to support universal health care by a single-payer system. I know I'm probably going to get some angry responses, but please bear with me here.
As Christians, we should take care of everyone who needs care - no matter what their lifestyle is (even if they are couch potatoes - we still need to love them), no matter what their immigration status is. As Christians (not as Americans), why would we not care for everyone? As Christians - why would we care about how much money it costs?
As an American - I was looking at the financial statements for some health insurance companies. Half of their expenses are health care costs to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. The other half is administrative and profits. If we got rid of health insurance completely, our health care costs could be cut by at least a third (considering that some costs are now paid by government). We don't get rid of them because many of us invest in them because they make a nice profit for us. That's not Christian - that's capitalism.
What if doctors were just federal employees paid salaries - not on a per diem? Then they could spend as much time as necessary to take care of each patient, and do what each patient needs, instead of being held hostage by health insurance companies?