Friday, December 8, 2017

The US Declaration of Independence is Scriptural

From: https://media.buzzle.com
   The United States Declaration of Independence says “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”  

   In simple terms, it says, when events are showing that it is necessary for one people to separate from another, nature and God entitles them to assume their own power among other powers on this earth.  In short, it acknowledges that sovereignty is God given as the unchanging Bible of the Founding Fathers of the United States and ours states in Romans 13:1, “for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God.”

  The Declaration of Independence continues.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

   I am not a lawyer however, in my humble opinion, the words “all men are equal… unalienable Rights to Liberty” ended slavery.  The right to the pursuit of happiness, which is not found in the constitution of the Philippines, is the footing of the divorce law.  The Filipinos will need to adapt this in their constitution if they are serious about having a divorce law.  The Philippines is the last remaining country without divorce in keeping with the Catholic’s rejection of Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:32, “However, I say to you that everyone divorcing his wife, except on account of sexual immorality, makes her a subject for adultery,” Jesus clearly says divorce was allowed “on account of sexual immorality,” or he would have said, anyone divorcing his wife commits adultery with no exception.

   The Declaration of Independence continues.  “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

   In the end, the signatories of the Declaration pledged their own life, fortune and honor to each other with mutual faith in God’s protection.
  
   “I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him.  It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Guarantee to Life is Constitutional

   The United States Declaration of Independence guarantees “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.  In October 1972, the US Congress passed the Social Security Amendments of 1972.  Under this Act, Congress amended the Medicare law to extend coverage to individuals who were under 65 years of age, if they had End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), and had (or were the spouse or dependent of someone who) worked long enough to qualify for Social Security.  Before this law, only 65 years of age and over are entitled to free, no premium payment Medicare.

    The US Congress enacted this historic Medicare entitlement for dialysis, the first to cover a particular diagnosis under the guarantee to “life”.  A particular diagnosis means this Medicare law does not cover other illnesses, however terminal, i.e. Cancer, AIDS, Heart Disease, etc.  It only covers ESRD.  The justification for this is that patients with Cancer, AIDS, Heart Disease, etc. can go on remission and live.  The dialysis patient will surely die in a matter of days or weeks without dialysis.  There is no remission for ESRD but dialysis would rehabilitate a big proportion of the patients.  They can work, pay taxes and support their family and the economy, but only if they have the lifesaving treatment they need so badly. 

   The US law provided for a budgeted program authorizing appropriations of “such sum as may be necessary” to financially assist U.S. citizens or legal immigrants, as it states, “aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence...Financial assistance was to be for any costs which individuals are unable to pay from funds otherwise available to them,” which in short, means rich people with means to pay for dialysis are not entitled to the free coverage.  

   Although the unit costs of dialysis seems high, the technological advance could bring them down.  “For example, Dr. Sam Kountz, a transplant surgeon at the University of California, has reduced his costs to $8,000 per transplant or no more than any major surgical procedure.” (From: Biomedical Politics, 1991, Chapter: Origins of the Medicare Kidney Disease Entitlement: The Societal Security Amendments of 1972)  

   Another study in the US showed that lives could be saved if ESRD patients can afford transplantation, otherwise, those will be unconstitutional needless deaths.  A national program of kidney transplant through the Social Security Administration was enacted.  

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