Health Care Sharing Ministries are not health insurance and do not purport to be. They are a completely different model whereby members share medical bills that align with shared values. They are communities committed to supporting each other – financially, emotionally, and spiritually – through their Christian faith. It is a product for some, but certainly not for all.
But Texas is not alone. To date, nine other states are also quietly taking up legislation to snuff out the Health Care Sharing Ministry option, which currently serves more than 1.5 million Americans – and has been since the early 90s. This legislative assault tactic is clever and intentional. The language in proposed legislation sounds beneficial to consumers, and supporters are trying to push bills through discreetly with late-night deals hoping no one notices.
Government programs are rigid, one-size-fits-all behemoths that settle for “good enough” for most. That’s why I’ve been distressed to see the United States inch closer and closer to government-run health care over the past decade. As my family witnessed first-hand in Cuba, the lofty promises of “universal” government solutions for health care never meet with the reality of what is provided. Cuba’s communist dream of “quality” and “accessible” health care for all has turned out to be a disaster, creating a wretched medical system for Cubans where access is limited, conditions are un-sanitary, and basic medications are scarce. When it comes to our health care, the goal for Americans should be nothing short of excellence.