LISTEN NOW! John, Greg, and Pat discuss how healthcare is evolving as they discuss what the future looks like and the alternatives that are available for Christians. The continue to discuss a recent article written by the alleged architect of the affordable health care act, former President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, brother of Ezekiel Emanuel. The article entitled “Insurance Companies as we know them are about to die and here’s what is going to replace them”, was featured in the New Republic. In this article Ezekiel writes “The good news is you won’t have insurance companies to kick around much longer. The system is changing. As a result, insurance companies as they are now will be going away. Indeed, they are already evolving. For the next few years insurance companies will both continue to provide services to employers and, increasingly, compete against each other in the health insurance exchanges. In that role they will put together networks of physicians and hospitals and other services and set a premium. But because of health care reform, new actors will force insurance companies to evolve or become extinct. The accountable care organizations (ACOs) (which I discuss in Chapter 8 of my new book) and hospital systems will begin competing directly in the exchanges and for exclusive contracts with employers.” Ezekiel is literally telling us that insurance companies will be no more and they themselves have to evolve to in order to play a role in the new emerging health care industry the will compromise ACO’s, Accountable Care Organizations, that encompass networks of physicians and hospitals working together. In his new book, Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System lays out how this will all work. They continue to discuss that although there are many things that are still unknown regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act there are some things have been known from the beginning, namely President Obama wanting the single payer option. The single payer option is basically government paying for health care. John and Greg both share experiences regarding health care and the challenges they and others have experienced when it came to our present health care system. They encourage us to remember as Christians that we can believe and should desire a system that affords every citizen no matter their race or socio economic condition to be afforded the same health care as everyone else. They continue to discuss how amazing it is to see how those who have “cheese” to criticize there are those who are standing in line who don’t have any. We must have a system as Christians that looks after the elderly without taking advantage of them. They further discuss some health care alternatives that Fox News is reporting that is available for Christians that would also be compliant with affordable health care standards. Fox News reports that “With just weeks left to sign up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, a growing number of people are opting to enroll in a Christian alternative to traditional health insurance. Nationwide networks of fellow believers help share each other’s major medical bills through what’s known as health care sharing ministries. “It works just like insurance. I have an insurance card. I show it just like anyone else would. I have a deductible. I have a monthly premium that I pay,” explained Eileen Wade, who joined the health care sharing ministry, Medi-Share, in 2011.” The article continues to share how today the top three largest ministries have more than 242,000 members across all 50 states in America who agree to live by a biblical lifestyle meaning regular church attendance, no drugs, tobacco, or sex outside of marriage, and limited alcohol consumptions. They continue to share testimonies of how care share ministries such as Medi-share have worked to care for the needs of their members. They further discuss the limitless possibilities before the church if the 97% who are not tithing, according to George Barna, began to tithe. They discuss how Christians can begin to build hospitals to serve the needs of God’s people. The Lord can and will provide for us as we turn our hearts and honor him with our obedience.
Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System