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Prayer Targets: Obamacare Lite at a Crossroads; Religious Liberty Executive Order?; Transgender Laws

March 15, 2017

Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:5)

Dear Praying Friends,

In 1961, Ronald Reagan, an outspoken conservative who proved to be one of America’s greatest presidents (1981-1989) warned us in his “Coffee Cup” speech (Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine) about schemes like Obamacare. He used the most advanced social media of the day, an LP record. Then a Democrat, Reagan warned both parties about the dangers of socialism:

In 1927... Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But, he said, “under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program” ...

One of the traditional methods of imposing Statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.

Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it.

[Socialist Labor Leader] Walter Reuther said “It’s no secret that the [UAW] is… on record as backing a program of national health insurance” ... [The Socialists say]: “Once the Farrand Bill is passed, this nation will [have] a mechanism for socialized medicine capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population.” Well, we can’t say we haven’t been warned...

Now in our country under our free enterprise system, we have seen medicine reach the greatest heights that it has in any country in the world. Today, the relationship between patient and doctor in this country is something to be envied... The privacy, the care ... the right to choose a doctor, to go from one doctor to the other... But... look... once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his working methods... it is a short step to all the rest of socialism...

[The] Founding Fathers – for the first time – established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God given right to determine our own destiny. This freedom was built into our government with safeguards... We can write to our congressmen and our senators [to say] we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms... we do not want socialized medicine... Call your friends and tell them to write... If you don’t, this program will pass... and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until, one day, as Norman Thomas said we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if [we] don’t do this... you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.” (Video from the Reagan Library; Full Text of Reagan’s “Coffee Cup” Speech)

In a recent ACFI survey, 54 percent of self-proclaimed “liberals” declared their preference of socialism over capitalism; 37 percent of “moderates” expressed the same preference. Long-time socialist Bernie Sanders ran for president on the Democratic ticket in 2016 and performed extremely well. Many liberals hoped that the failure of Obamacare would lead to a single-payer State-run medical system. God gave the White House and both houses of Congress to Republicans in 2016. Republicans need to remove socialism out of any national health care law they ultimately devise; if they do not, it will be a diminishment of American liberty and a failure for the U.S. economy, like that of other nations that have tried to make socialism work. Ronald Reagan called socialism “evil” because it is a system in which big government breaks the 8th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” Nowhere in scripture are nations authorized to take from some to give to others. It is the state using its raw power to take from some citizens and give to others.

“Obamacare Lite” still at Top of Trump, Congress’ Agenda – What some are calling “Obamacare Lite” and others “RyanCare,” is a thoughtful tweak of Obamacare that makes the entitlement program a little more free market-leaning than the original. But at its core, it remains a big government welfare program that will challenge America’s fiscal sanity – and implement programs neither authorized by the Constitution, nor suggested in the biblical purposes of civil government (1 Sam 8:7-22; Rom 13:1-7). The program’s tax credit scheme will make middle class Americans dependent upon a radically expanded American Welfare State. Massive U.S. social programs are already unsustainable in the long run with the national debt already over $20 trillion. Social Security is predicted to be insolvent as early as 2034. Medicare and Medicaid are similarly unsustainable, and growing numbers of Americans are on food stamps. A generation of college students are beholden to the federal government for expanded student loans instituted under Obama, with many counting on their debt ultimately to be forgiven, even as graduates have difficulty finding work in their fields of study. In addition, social entitlement programs are dwarfing the military’s budget even as our standing in the world is declining. Too many Americans, like the horrific explosion of heroine addiction, are becoming addicted to government support.

Another problem with Obamacare, and one that Democrats counted on when they rammed it through Congress in 2009, is that once millions of Americans have gotten used to a government “entitlement,” politicians are loathe to take action to trim or end it. That is what is behind this push for “Obamacare Lite.” Fortunately, President Trump, who has promised to repeal and replace the bill simultaneously, has stated his openness to working with conservatives who want to put together a system that reduces costs to taxpayers and returns much of the American health care industry – as much as one sixth of the economy – back to free market principles, which will always lead to lower costs than government mandates and controls. Just as in 1994 (when Americans rejected the massive Clinton Health Care Plan) and 2009 (when President Obama shoved his plan through Congress with outright lies, manipulation, and false promises), the American people are at another crossroads. Conservatives in Congress are determined to keep their promises to voters to repeal Obamacare, and liberals want to continue the failed Obamacare plan – even though it is falling apart as we speak. In addition, some conservatives are thankfully working to eliminate Planned Parenthood funding and every loophole that could allow taxpayer funding of abortion. Some have warned that we have just one chance to get it right. Will the U.S. go the way of the European welfare states, or will we truly reset and restore the Founders’ vision for a free, resilient, hardworking, self-reliant people, who under God are free to enjoy the fruit of their labors without government controlling them with confiscatory taxes? (see; GOP Gives Trump Feud for Thought; Planned Parenthood Defunding, Abortion Loopholes?)

  • May God open the eyes of our House and Senate members to see that we are at a crossroads: either to abandon principle and yield yet again to temptation that will define us as a nation or to return to the Constitution and biblical wisdom. May God prevent the party in power from being used to enact an “ObamaCare Lite.” Rather, may they repeal Obamacare as promised, and take time to hammer out a law that will keep Americans free, make the marketplace freer (carefully crafted with wisdom), help the truly poor and needy, and put our health care system and economy on solid footing. May they not produce another scheme to trap all Americans in the web of yet another social welfare entitlement program or further serve those who are more than content to live on the government dole. (Ex 15:26; 2 Chr 16:12-13; Jer 17:5; 2 Th 3:6-12)

Finally, please make these matters part of your prayer list: 1) The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to force churches and pro-life centers to promote abortion. 2) This is another initiative that demonstrates the need for President Trump to issue a Religious Liberty Executive Order to protect believers across America until Congress passes adequate legislation to magnify the meaning of the First Amendment which already protects religious practice and free speech. Too many modern Americans, including appointed and elected officials, need the elements of the Amendment spelled out for them. Sign the Petition! 3) It’s time for believers to urge their pastors to attend FRC’s premier annual pastor’s briefing, Watchmen on the Wall, to be held in Washington, D.C. May 24-26. Find our more HERE. 4) We prayed for Texas’ SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act, which, now passed, requires Texan school children and adults to us the bathroom designated for their biological sex. Now we must pray that Speaker Joe Straus will take seriously the concerns of parents and their children and to bring the Texas Privacy Act to the House floor for a vote. We must also continue to pray that such laws and ordinances are enacted across our land, where those who believe otherwise are active in getting laws passed to require schools to make their bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms open to members of the opposite biological sex who consider themselves transgendered. 5) Ask your pastor to plan to make Sunday, July 2 your church’s Christian Citizenship Sunday and Call2Fall. This is a time for your pastor to preach on Christian citizenship – for believers to do what they can do, and to lead your congregation before God, on your knees, to repent and pray according to His conditions (2 Chr 7:14) so that He will do what only He can do to heal our land! Thank you for being a believer who prays!