You're talking like a conservative, in case you didn't know. Personal responsibility is a conservative tenet.Let me try to summarize my beliefs on this subject the best I can. I am not saying that Christians have to or even necessarily should support a federal Universal Health care System. It's foolish to think that a Christian or anyone for that matter should have to from a moral perspective support a program that could very well be unworkable just because the intentions of it are good.
My personal opinion as to the various bills being debated in congress right now is that they do not do enough to curb costs, they don't address the major issue of personal responsibility for ones health, and being that we have some 300 million people in this country with tens of millions of uninsured and under-insured, I have my doubts about whether such an effort to insure the uninsured and better insure the under-insured could ever be effectively managed and thus would ultimately do anything to control spiraling costs.
What I am doing is actually addressing the larger issue, this compartmentalized Christianity that has been promoted by the religious right for the past 30 years. Basically, they selectively draw this line that exists no where in scripture between how you are called to act as an individual and how your government acts. I say selectively because they are quick to attempt to use the government to promote their religious beliefs. Such as their attempts to bring prayer back in school, religious beliefs into biology class, the entire same sex marriage issue and so on. Basically, anytime it suits their larger political ideology. However, because they are aligned with a political ideology far more than the Christian faith, they also will excuse injustices practiced by the government. The problem is, if you as an individual are not supposed to torture someone, then you should work to ensure that the government that you elect is not torturing people. If you the individual are supposed to be a good steward of creation, then you should work to ensure that the government you elect is one as well. If you the individual are supposed to seek peace and justice whenever possible, then you should work to ensure your government that you elect and that represents you does the same.
You see in scripture kings are told to be righteous and just as well. In a republic, every citizen is something of a king. So just like David and Solomon had to be wise, righteous, and just kings, every Christian voter has to be when going to the polls or the town halls as well.
Its very dangerous when people choose to compartmentalize their conscience when its politically expedient to their personal ideology.