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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made conservatives nervous in 2009 by working with Democrats on language in ObamaCare, but his dalliance with the federal takeover of healthcare in America may yet pay big dividends for the law’s opponents.
Grassley inserted language into H.R. 3590, the Affordable Care Act, exempting members of religious health sharing organizations in operation since 1999. He later voted against the bill, but his exemption became federal law.
The major Christian health sharing organizations are Christian Care Medi-Share, Samaritan Ministries and Christian HealthCare Ministries. Of course, interest has grown recently in joining these groups to avoid being trapped in government-controlled health insurance.
But that’s not the end of the story. The federal exemption is fairly secure for now, despite the arbitrary 1999 cut-off which precludes new competitors from entering the marketplace. Unfortunately, states are already fighting back against this one small loophole for those seeking refuge in a free market solution.
Kentucky is leading the way in openly attacking these Christian organizations using state law. If your state hasn’t yet moved against Christian health sharing groups and their members, they may start soon. As awareness spreads, expect the battle to protect this form of free market health care to get fierce. As more people realize the huge cost difference between free market plans and those under government regulation, Sen. Grassley’s quiet maneuver could prove pivotal for health freedom in America.