Pastor Jim Garlow of the Skyline Church in San Diego proposed a new health care system in June which would consist of a national tax to fund health care through churches to "get rid of the freeloaders" (video below).
Garlow was asked about his "Biblical perspective" on health care during an interview by Megan West of the organization My Faith Votes, notes Right Wing Watch.
Garlow insisted both Obamacare and Trumpcare were "doomed to failure" because the Founding Fathers did not mention health care as part of the government in the U.S. Constitution.
Garlow asserted that the Bible "talks about the nature of health care and how it should be handled."
As a matter of Biblical record, the Bible never mentions how public health care should be handled.
"I start with a pre-supposition that health care is God’s issue, and He has already designed a format of what can be handled," Garlow stated.
Garlow went on to say there are four forms of government: "The first one is my personal responsibility. The second one was the government of the family. There's the government of the church and there's civll government."
Garlow then tried to lay the blame for illness completely on personal habits:
Whose job is health care? It falls in the category of the first three, and not the fourth. First of all, my own personal responsibility: I have to make decisions for my health. If I am not exercising properly, this is a terrible confession to make, I'm not properly exercising right now like I should, I've got to get that corrected, and if I don't I'm going to pay a high price for it.
Garlow said when it came to health care, he could take care of his kids: "The closer you get the care to the person the better is the care. I can take care of my children much better than [President Donald Trump] can. He’s a good man, but he can’t take care of my kids. I can do much better."
Garlow's biography on his church website does not indicate that he has any background in medical care.
Garlow went on to advocate the "ancient taxation schedule on ancient Israel" for the U.S., which he said would free up the church to be the "health care supplier."
"If the church were freed up from the encroachment and the severe over-regulation in our culture and the severe over-taxation of our culture, the church could resume what it did very successfully. There is a reason all of the hospitals are called St. Paul, St. Mary, St. Joseph..." Garlow said.
As a matter of record, churches are already exempt from paying taxes.
The Catholic Church has been buying up hospitals, noted AlterNet in 2013, but also denying different types of medical care based on its "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services," according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and MergerWatch.
Garlow insisted that the "best medical care and welfare benefits can be done by the church."
Only moments after lamenting the "severe over-taxation of our culture," Garlow called for a "ten-percent taxation on people" once every three years, the money to be given to "the faith communities to administer" which would end "all the freeloaders who abuse welfare."
Garlow did not mention exactly who the "freeloaders" were.