I just heard a story on Here and Now (WBUR, Boston) where the host interviewed a Congressman who talked about a bipartisan vote that was held
regarding who has to have Obamacare (ACA), and who doesn't.
Rep. Schock Pushes For Religious Exemption From Health Law
Earlier this week, the House passed a bill allowing individuals to opt out of mandatory health insurance by writing “sincerely held religious
beliefs” on their tax return, along with a sworn statement explaining their objection.
The Equitable Access to Care and Health Act (EACH) was sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois and heavily lobbied by the Christian
Although there was strong support from both sides of the aisle, some Democrats argued that allowing people to opt out of the bill could cost American
taxpayers when uninsured individuals turn up in the emergency room after accidents or other emergencies.
Other opponents, including Rita Swan of the children’s healthcare advocacy group Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD), who is a former
Christian Scientist herself, are concerned the bill will encourage Christian Science parents and members of other religious sects to not seek medical
treatment for their children, which could cost them their lives.
Okay, this is not just a slippery slope, it's a regular drop-off.
Sure, you can say you're a Christian Scientist or any of the other numerous religions that allow their kids to expire because their pastors tell them
using medical care is sinful. Obviously, this is a sticky situation...
for my part, I side with the children and accident victims. It used to be in this country that ANYONE got treated at ERs regardless of ability to
pay...especially the Catholic hospitals and county hospitals. This is humane, and decent. I know lots of people don't agree with it, and resent it,
but it's been how our nation worked. The indigent were cared for.
Now, with ACA being 'mandatory', Congress is looking for ways to "ease the pain" I guess...
If a parent or guardian chooses to opt out based on faith-healing-only premises, fine. Says Congress. They can do that.
Two issues here:
Children whose parents decide to opt out are vulnerable; they would not receive care and are completely at the mercy of their well-intentioned (or
not so much) parents/caregivers.
This is true whether or not Health Care Insurance is a topic at all. And I entirely disagree with it.
Update October 28, 2013
MEDICAL & LEGAL ORGANIZATIONS
OPPOSE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS FROM CHILD HEALTH LAWS
The American Academy of Pediatrics today released its newest policy statement calling for repeal of the religious exemptions to child abuse and
neglect laws that still exist in many states. (See Reuters’ report on the statement’s release.) It is the strongest statement yet to come out of
the AAP’s Committee on Bioethics. Together with the policy positions taken by other professional medical and legal organizations (see below), it
poses a powerful moral and practical argument for the idea that children’s healthcare is a legal duty.
This Rep, Mr Schock (R-IL), says the constitution is violated by mandating the purchase of health insurance (4.2 million people have now signed up to
ACA, which Obama says is enough of a base to show that the program will work once the politics die down), based on the premise that the govt will pass
no law that upholds or denounces religious faiths of any kind.
Okay fine. You're a single adult with no dependents, and you don't want to ever go see a doctor, ever. What happens when you are in a bad accident,
and unconscious? Will they bounce you out of the hospital?
No. They will treat you anyway, and then slap you with back-taxes, hefty fees, and fines for using the health care you said you'd avoid like the
But what about the kids who are dying NOW because of this faith-based refusal of medical treatment? I agree with the CHILD organization's
The mission of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty is to end child abuse or neglect related to religion, cultural practices, or quackery through
public education, research, legal action, and a limited amount of lobbying.
Laws requiring medical care of children, including preventive and diagnostic measures, without exception for religious belief
Reporting of child abuse and neglect without religious exemption
Licensing of child care facilities including those run by churches
Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child
I've no clue if any of our members are involved in any faith which rejects medical intervention or treatment, but I want to talk about this
what does it say about our country?
edit on 3/14/2014 by BuzzyWigs because: change title