ST. PAUL, Minn.—Next month, South Dakota voters will see an initiative on their ballots that could put health care decisions back in their own hands.
Consumer-Driven Health Care
Coverage is a bad measure of American health care. The Left wins every time the Right discusses how many Americans are “covered.” Let’s talk about care. The Left wants universal coverage. But we want care for those in need. Coverage doesn’t guarantee care. In fact, the high-prices, regulations, and corporate controls of today’s “coverage” limit access to care.
I’m not going to talk about Obama’s SOTU… except to say that I feel like I did the last time he had to get up and try to sell Obamacare to the nation: he doesn’t want to do it; he feels it’s beneath him; it’s four years after Obamacare and he’s perturbed that he still has to be marketing the law in a speech. So his comments lack passion.
It's quite simple. Our purpose is to bring care, coverage, compassion and patient control to as many individuals as possible while enabling charity and charitability for those without health insurance coverage. Echoing former AAPS president Dr. Lee Hieb's three "C's," we add two more:
The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is voicing concern and criticism for proposed changes to stop-loss models of health insurance that small businesses can use to provide employee coverage. Rather than pay premiums to a health insurance company, many businesses instead use a self-insurance model, creating a fund to pay for minor and non-catastrophic employee health services and reserving actual insurance claims for major medical issues that exceed $20,000 – the current NAIC threshold that claims must meet before stop-loss insurance kicks in.
Do conservative organizations all sing the same health care tune? No, writes John Goodman at the National Center for Policy Analysis. In fact, I'd argue that sometime they are singing in complete dissonance.
Health Care Sharing Ministries are exempt from the Obamacare individual insurance mandate. More than 100,000 Americans have found an alternative to health insurance in what used to be called medical sharing groups and is now called health care sharing ministries. They have been available for decades, but they are virtually unknown. If you haven’t heard of them before now, you are not alone.
If the U.S. Senate version of health insurance reform passes and premium costs increase as predicted by the Congressional Budget Office, medical sharing may be one of the only ways for Americans to get affordable coverage," says Twila Brase, president of CCHC
Compare the three Healthcare Sharing Programs side-by-side: Samaritan Ministries, Medi-Share and Christian Healthcare Ministries.
Consumer Driven Health Care: Public Sector Opportunities", generated a broad array of interested parties. The more than 100 people in attendance represented employers, clinics, hospitals, physicians, health insurers, insurance agents, employee benefits consultants, state officials, union leaders, members of the general public and two legislators involved in health policy (Sen. Becky Lourey (D-Kendrick) and Rep. Tim Wilkin (R-Eagan).