Monday, February 6, 2012
Health Care Conscience
So here is our upcoming dilemma. Buy health "care" coverage and pay for someone else's birth control, sterilization, abortion, etcetera, or refuse to participate in any coverage and pay hefty fines. Not only are individual Catholics being forced to make this choice, but so are Catholic employers. Which means bishops. Which means finally we are hearing about this from the pulpit. I am not going to ask why this was not such an issue when only individual Catholic faithful were going to be affected. I am just glad to hear it finally being addressed.
I don't know what the big boys are going to do, but for us little guys, the ones in the pews, who do not have insurance provided by our jobs, cannot afford to purchase our own plan, and do not want to go on the government provided "pofolks" plan, what are the options? Are there any?
My understanding of the health "care" reform law is that everyone is required to have a "health plan". This means no more cash-as-you-go negotiations with your doctor. But does it also preclude "no-insurance" doctors and clinics, sliding scale clinics, and programs such as Samaritan Ministries and Medishare? (see links below)
I want options. I don't want to be forced into a "health plan" I can't afford, or that goes against my conscience. I don't want to be forced into a government program which may require me to have procedures or medications I don't want or that go against my conscience. Or on the flip side, which may deny me procedures or medications which I need. Our "health care reform" continues to need reform. It is not good enough to be law yet. It must be repealed, reworked, and resubmitted for our approval before it is forced upon us.
Yes, I will include the intention to repeal the health care law in my rosaries. I will fast on Fridays for this intention and ask Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception to intercede for us as well, as our bishop has requested.
In the meantime I will also investigate these other options, as I would like to find some kind of health care that works for me anyway. I also pray that perhaps our own Catholic Church (gasp) might come up with a plan for individual Catholics to receive affordable, acceptable health care. After all, haven't our last 2 popes been preaching that to us for years? Certainly this is not just the responsibility of the government. Maybe our "Catholic" hospitals can be of greater service to --- Catholics? Just thoughts.
And some links to investigate.
No Insurance Doctors
For a monthly (very low) fee, all the basics, but you need to find a doc in your area.
Monthly contribution based on family size and income. Distributed among members according to need. Submit any doctor/hospital bill above regular doctor's visit.
Christian Care Medishare
Similar to above.
Still trying to figure this one out. Appears to be a monthly fee type for basic care, but having a time getting details. Have not answered my email yet.