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(RNS) A small but growing number of American Christians have joined “health sharing ministries” -- faith-based alternatives to insurance.

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  1. Great article. Health sharing ministries are great options for folks who want to honor Christ, be a blessing to one another, and enjoy a measure of liberty in choosing what their money goes to support. I recently submitted paperwork to join Samaritan Ministries, and am excited to be a part of this approach to healthcare.

  2. Good for them!
    This pool of money which avoids the Insurance Companies is basically the PUBLIC OPTION most people wanted included in the Affordable Care Act when it was being debated!

    Ironically it was the RELIGIOUS hard right lobby in Washington which wouldn’t let the Public Option happen in the Affordable Care Act! We couldn’t hurt the companies – Gosh no! Not Those ‘JOB CREATORS’ !!!

    And now some Religious groups have decided to coordinate something like the Public Option for themselves. I’m sure they hate Obamacare – but The lack of self awareness is mind boggling.

  3. I am interested in what pre-existing conditions are not covered by these plans? How do they justify abandoning these people? Insurance company’s abusive policys regarding coverage of pre-existing conditions was one of the chief reasons for the ACA,

  4. This is a great article. Im glad to see more options are available for those of us who need an alternative method of healthcare. In my case, medical bill sharing through Samaritan ministries has been not only welcome but very helpful. You guys should check out Christian Care if you’re looking to make a change. http://mychristiancare.org/medi-share/

  5. “Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger takes a leap of faith.”, uh, no, not really. Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger shows he has more faith in the science his doctor will use to make him healthy than the faith he has in the word of his god.

    Those who go to doctors and claim they truly believe that the bible is the word of their god, of course because it says so in the bible, lack the conviction of their faith. True believers don’t need health care as your shepard has provided it for you, it says so in your holy text. It was said to the disciples just before your big kahuna went up to the golden city.

    Mathew 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

    So go to a fellow believer and have him lay her or his hands on you, and you will get well. Be like the muslim jihadists who have so much faith they kill themselves; now that’s real commitment, real faith.

    Religion is poison!!

      • Shawnie5, nice selecting.

        Mark 2:17
        When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

        Now why would it be necessary for you to misrepresent your book of lies?.

        Actually, the “big kahuna” was talking about himself, “The great physician”.

        Religion is poison!!

        • What did I misrepresent? You quoted an additional line, but that changes nothing. Of course He was claiming to be the “Great Physician,” but the analogy of course depends upon the legitimacy of the earthly physician-patient relationship.

  6. Well, my wife and I are “senior citizens”. We are also both smokers. We won’t stop for this plan, even though it’s basically a Great Idea.
    I notice no prohibition against drug addicts. Many seniors are , and don’t even realize it.
    We are not.
    Presently, we’re covered by my wife’s plan, through county government.
    We’re probably eligible for , what, Medicaid ?
    Don’t care for that. , either.
    We like the idea , though. More power to ya’ll !

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