Will Christian Health Care Co-Ops Count As Obamacare Alternative?

socialized healthcareAs the deadline for signing up for health insurance looms near, a new type of coverage is gaining popularity- Christian Health Care Co-Ops.
In some ways it is similar to ordinary insurance:

“It works just like insurance. I have an insurance card. I show it just like anyone else would. I have a deductible. I have a monthly premium that I pay,” explained Eileen Wade, who joined the health care sharing ministry, Medi-Share, in 2011.

One of the reasons Christian Health Care Co-Ops are popular is because of the more affordable price tag than other insurance, largely due to a “healthier lifestyle.”

The nation’s three largest ministries boast more than 242,000 members, spanning all 50 states, who agree to live so-called biblical lifestyles — meaning regular church attendance; no drugs, tobacco, or sex outside of marriage; and limited alcohol consumption. Read the rest here.

Critics are of course giving these health care alternatives flack saying they are not “real insurance,” as large ticket medical treatments are paid for out of a joint purse.
Hmmm….so the healthier carry the cost of the sick. That sounds eerily similar to me how regular insurance works. But hey, what do I know. I’m not a health care bureaucrat.

Now, if these Christian Health Co-Ops with “conservative” lifestyles prove both healthier and save consumers money; how long until the ObamaCare Popo comes along and shuts it down?

Karin Piper

Colorado PolitiChick Karin Piper is an award winning author and transparency expert specializing in education and union transparency. She provides policy tools necessary for parents, union memberis, teachers and decision makers to become informed consumers in the educational marketplace. She also serves as executive director of ParentledReform.org, an organization she helped found, and works with various other non-partisan likeminded organizations. Karin was a finalist for OGI's 2012 Burke-Carr Public Interest Awards and nominated as candidate for Charter School Friend of the Year in 2009. Her knowledge of state and federal open records laws and tireless advocacy for open union negotiations has been featured by major media outlets across the nation. Her debut book, CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Ultimate Handbook for Parents, was awarded a 2009 finalist in best books for parenting and education, by USA Book News and appeared in bookstores around the world. Born and raised in Sweden, she lives in Douglas County, Colorado, the epicenter of education reform. Karin is a frequently sought as a parental voice and expert opinion in response to much of today's political edu-rhetoric and legislation proposals. She has been interviewed by many news outlets, including CBS, NBC, KNUS, EdNews, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others.

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