For me but not for thee?

People who advocate “Medicare for all” are accused of being socialists. Maybe we should define the word. Socialism at its extreme is frequently described as a welfare state. But what do we call it when retired people get Social Security or Medicare, or farmers get agriculture payments? It seems to me that when I/we get these payments, we somehow deserve it, but when a poor person gets help, she/he is trying to get out of work. By denying benefits to needy people, it seems to me, we are going against biblical principles (Amos 2:7, 5:24, Micah 6:8, Jeremiah 22:3, Zechariah 7:9-10, Mark 11:33, Luke 11:42). Medicare for all has problems, but denying poor people the same services that I, a relatively wealthy American, can have is clearly wrong. I believe we already have a form of socialism. Can we share with those who really need it?

Milton Claassen, Newton, Kan.

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