Earlier this year, Phil Robertson shared his thoughts on health care. The hot-button debate in politics over which direction America’s health care system should go is lost on Robertson. He only wants eternal health care, nothing more.
Phil Robertson Doesn’t Want Universal Health Care
It’s not shocking to hear that Phil Robertson is against universal health care. The patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family is a well known conservative. He supported Ted Cruz and then President Trump in the 2016 presidential election. He also endorsed Roy Moore earlier this year. At a rally for Moore, Phil explained just what he thinks about health care in America. And no, he didn’t harp on the benefits of private companies or medical savings accounts.
He Never Needed Healthcare
While many Republicans advocate for MSAs and Medicare reform, Phil Robertson wants something a little different for America. He explained he doesn’t have much experience with health care in general. Phil pointed out that he hasn’t been insured for a greater part of his life. He claims he never needed to be. “I didn’t have any kind of health insurance for 50 years. None. You say ‘did your family have health care insurance? Your mama and daddy and your kin folks?’ We never heard of that. You say ‘well what if something had happened?’ It didn’t.”
The crowd really seemed to like that anecdote. And Phil does have a point. He never paid into health insurance and he never needed it. Of course, many families are not as lucky. Phil’s own granddaughter Mia Robertson was born with cleft lip and palate. She’s had many surgeries throughout her life. Most likely the family has used health insurance to pay for them. However, Phil probably isn’t against that. He just had a grander point to make.
Phil just doesn’t think universal health care makes any sense. He questioned, “They’re going to take your money, to try to make sure 325 million people have health care insurance.” Phil added, “We’re already twenty trillion in the hole.” This point is made by a man who created an entire duck call empire out of his own home. He does know a thing or two about business and how to handle money. Many Republicans and conservatives agree that the math just doesn’t add up.
Phil’s Main Point
However, that still isn’t Phil Robertson’s main point. Phil doesn’t think that health care should be the biggest concern of our nation. He thinks we need a different type of care: spiritual care. Phil told the crowd, “Look, you know why you shouldn’t get too concerned about Obamacare, or whatever they replace it with if they replace it? You know why you shouldn’t get all excited? Alabama, any kind of healthcare you get it’s not going to keep you out of a six foot hole.”
This is one of Phil Robertson’s go-to claims. His point is this: everyone on earth will die at some point. You might as well know where you’re going. Phil was quoted saying, “Money can come and go. And fame comes and goes. The bottom line is, we all die, so Jesus is the answer.”
No Fee Care
Phil continued to speak to the Alabama crowd, saying, “Well if we all going into a six foot hole anyway, with or without health care? They may could slow it down maybe and give you a few more years. You say ‘the dude is saying I’m going to die.’ Therefore, why don’t you all invest in eternal health care?” That’s right- Phil Robertson is advocating for eternal health care. He wants Americans to focus more on their spiritual body, and less on their Earthly bodies. He finished, “Hey, it’s already been paid for. Won’t cost you a dime. Your body will be resurrected from the grave. I’m like how much does that cost me? He says it’s already been paid for. I’m going with eternal health care.”
He’s A Brave Man
Phil didn’t just speak on his political views. He also gave us insight into his personal psyche. Many men of Phil’s age may fear death. They are facing the end of their lives and they have questions. Not Phil. Phil made it clear that he has no worries or questions about where he’s going. He has no fear. He welcomes the idea of death with a happy heart.
Phil Robertson said, “If this book is true, I will, if I get ailments I will say ‘Lord help me with this ailment, and if you don’t and you take me now, thank you for that resurrection.'” It takes serious peace and faith to be able to welcome your end. It’s definitely not the norm, but Phil has spent so much time reading the Bible, studying God’s word, and fostering his beliefs that he feels ready and sure.
Phil’s Ultimate Goal
It’s no surprise that Phil Robertson was able to redirect a discussion about health care towards his Christian faith. Even at a rally geared towards political discussion, Phil still wants to discuss religion and spirituality. His life’s work is to spread his faith and he’ll take any opportunity to do it. He said, “Everywhere my sons and I go, we’re telling people the good news about Jesus, blowing duck calls, and making people, happy, happy– then down the road we go.”
He believes in the Bible so strongly, that he never wants to let an opportunity to evangelize go by. When asked about Duck Dynasty many years ago, Phil said, “We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television. You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
Phil Robertson doesn’t want to focus on health care reform. He wants to focus on his fans and followers’ eternal health care. He wants to turn people towards God and let the rest figure itself out. Do you agree with Phil’s points? Did he take the speech too far or just far enough?