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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 Science church.
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.
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.
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
Apparently the Christian Science group lobbied for this....it was just voted a go in the House, now on to the Senate.
What does the Native American exception do about care? Haven't heard of that one. What does it represent in terms of children's care?
I know, it's kind of weird to see the US Government actually living up to treaties they signed with Native American tribes, but we live in strange times.
What about the kids??
I'm not worried about them at all. In regards to medicine, that is.
reply to post by VictorVonDoom
Yeah, I know.
So anyway - if you care to discuss it; what is the Native American health system like?