“There’s still health care for people of faith after health care ‘reform,’ ” proclaims a banner ad on the website of Samaritan Ministries, a member-based nonprofit that works like a Christian co-op for health care expenses. The ad is meant to appeal to conservative Christians who are wary about the coming implementation of the federal mandate to purchase individual health insurance.
A press release from sister organization Christian Care Ministry argues its point more boldly: “11 million Americans Need Not Comply with ObamaCare.”
These aren’t gestures of public defiance. The health care law does in fact contain language exempting faith-based groups from the requirement that all Americans be enrolled in a conventional health insurance plan by 2014 or face penalties. The number of Americans who rely on these organizations, called “health care sharing ministries,” is currently small — only 100,000 households are members nationwide — but Christian Care Ministry hopes to find an eager market in the 11 million Americans that it estimates profess Christian faith and are not covered by an employer’s insurance plan.Continue Reading on www.stateline.org