The United Church of Christ’s General Synod has passed a resolution declaring its support for H.R. 676, a piece of legislation that would mandate a single-payer system of health insurance in the United States. According to UCC News:

Citing both specificity and urgency, General Synod 27 passed without amendment Tuesday a resolution “Calling for the Support of H.R. 676 – Single Payer National Health Care Reform to Advance Health Equity for All and to Eliminate Health Disparities.”

Mary Beth Cross, a delegate from the Nebraska Conference, said after a unanimous vote out of committee Monday that the time to rally is now. “This is a Gospel-mandated mission of faith for everyone to make sure that universal health care becomes a reality.”

The thing is, of course, that as the title of the resolution shows, it isn’t “universal health care” that Ms. Cross and her fellow delegates are interested in. What really floats their boat is the idea of “health equity,” which is to say that people of greater means would be prohibited from getting better care than those of lesser–in effect, mandating that everyone get the same rationed, Canadian-style care that has been driving folks from the Frozen North to seek treatment in the U.S., lest they die while waiting for said care.

“We lift up our (belief) that all persons deserve and must have quality, accessible, affordable health care and related social services – including mental-health service and full accessibility for the disabled,” said Baylor.

H.R. 676 (the U.S. National Health Insurance Act) is a bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan to create a single-payer, publicly financed, privately delivered universal health-care program. Its goal is to cover all Americans without charging co-pays or deductibles and guarantees access to the highest quality and most affordable health-care services regardless of employment, ability to pay or pre-existing health conditions.

Well, that’s one description of it. A quick read of the bill (something I doubt most of the delegates did before they voted for a resolution that goes way beyond the competency of a church body) indicates that Conyers’ real aim seems to be to eliminate all profit from the practice of medicine. His bill prohibits private health insurance except for stuff like cosmetic surgery or dentistry, and also declares that the only medical providers that qualify for his government program are those that are “public” or “non-profit.” Given the decay of services in virtually any other industry when the profit motive is eliminated by the force of law, it’s virtually inevitable that the quality of health care in the United State would drop considerably under Conyers’ plan (and of course rationing is a certainty, given that it is the universal result of single-payer systems).

But everyone would be equal. In other news, the UCC recommends that Harrison Bergeron be made America’s patron saint.

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