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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We Need A Catholic Alternative To Medical Insurance

Click Above To View The Medi-Share Website
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  I originally posted this on February 10, 2011.  Now in face of the most recent developments regarding Catholic healthcare in the United States, it seems even more urgent.  So I am posting it again, hoping that my readers will take it upon themselves to start writing their bishops to get something done about this....

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February 10, 2011

Medi-Share is an Evangelical Christian alternative to medical insurance, and it works! Basically the whole concept is based on the Biblical Christian model of shared responsibility and brotherly love.

Medi-Share is not medical insurance. It is a sharing technique in which monthly "share" funds are transferred between participants as the needs arise. It is what some might call a "Healthshare Cooperative" between Christians. Medi-Share does not guarantee that medical bills will be paid, hence the reason why it's not medical insurance, but nevertheless medical bills do seem to get paid anyway.

The reason why I'm bringing this up is because the Evangelicals are on to something here. They've discovered a way to bring an ancient Christian concept into the modern world. Unlike the Amish, who use a similar system on a more primitive level to pay for their medical needs, this method works for people living in the modern world and in secular life. It's a novel concept that is putting Catholics to shame and it's high time I think some of us look into this seriously.

We need a Catholic version of Medi-Share.

I say a "Catholic version" because Medi-Share was designed by Evangelicals primarily for Evangelicals, as can be demonstrated by their online Statement of Faith which each new member must sign on to in order to join. On the surface it may seem there is no direct inconsistency with the tenets of this creed and the Catholic faith, but because of the way it's worded, it would give some Catholics pause for concern. That's fine though. Medi-Share can have their Evangelical Statement of Faith, because in the end I believe the Catholic Church here in the United States can build a much bigger and better system, far more robust and able to handle a much bigger pool of participants. This is why I am calling upon all of my readers to act now by doing the following.
  1. Briefly look over the Medi-Share website.
  2. Write a brief letter (no more than two short paragraphs) explaining that we need a Catholic version of this type of healthshare cooperative here in the United States, and that it needs the full backing of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Be sure to include a link to the website - http://mychristiancare.org/
  3. Send a copy of this letter to three key people: (1) your local bishop, (2) your parish priest and (3) the Grand Knight of your nearest Knights of Columbus council. Contact information for your local bishop can be obtained off your diocesan website. Contact information for your parish priest can usually be obtained from the phonebook or by simply visiting the parish office. Contact information for your nearest Knight of Columbus council can be obtained here.
  4. Send a copy of this letter to The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson via email using this address: info@kofc.org Be sure to type in the subject line "c/o Carl A. Anderson."
  5. Pray that something gets done!

9 comments:

Mary from CT said...

THANK YOU very much for this post!

Weetabix said...

Just out of curiosity, what in their statement of faith gives you pause? It seems much less directly anti-Catholic than most Evangelical statements of faith I've seen.

The Catholic Knight said...

The only doctrinal problem I see is with the tenet that says salvation is through "faith alone." I realize that the Catholic-Lutheran accord has already hammered out the details of the meaning of this phrase, having come to agreement that what is meant by the phrase does not necessarily contradict Catholic doctrine when understood in a certain context. However, it is the phrase itself which will cause many Catholics pause for concern, and I couldn't blame them. The phrase has such a strong anti-Catholic history that it creates an obstacle in and of itself. If the tenet had said instead "Grace alone," I would see no problem in it, and would probably encourage Catholics to join Medi-Share in large numbers if they don't already have insurance.

I still think a much bigger and better organization can be created by Catholics, for Catholics, in the United States. This would allow the system to create it's own rules based entirely on Catholic morality and ethics. I certainly don't have any objection to working with Evangelicals on a Healthshare Cooperative, and indeed I think it would be ideal in some ways, to create a bigger Healthshare pool and work toward overcoming differences and prejudice between Evangelicals and Catholics. However, in order for that to happen, those who run the cooperative must be more sensitive to their Catholic members, and including a phrase like "faith alone," though I'm sure was done unintentionally in ignorance, is nevertheless a fatal error that will ultimately cost Medi-Share tens of thousands of new potential members.

Anonymous said...

+JMJ+

A friend, Meghan Weed, had a great suggestion. Why don't the Knights of Columbus, an already established insurance business, start a Catholic Health Care Insurance Company to counteract the current adminstration's recent actions?

Chris Faddis said...

www.solidarityhealthshare.com - the Catholic HealthShare answer is coming!

Chris Faddis said...

The Catholic healthshare is coming! www.solidarityhealthshare.com ...

theheartlander said...

Also, check out Christus Medicus! They have put together -- or are putting together -- a totally pro-life, faithfully Catholic healthcare plan!
http://christusmedicus.com/activecare.html

John Wiley Spiers said...

Greetings!

I too looked at Samaritan and medishare and although delighted, and both are Obamacare exempt, under counsel with my pastor, I could not affirm the protestant sola fide. No, they are not anti-Catholic, since they have many Catholic members, who for whatever reason, decided the faith statement was acceptable.

Yes, we desperately need a Catholic version, and it is a scandal the Bishops, the Knights of Columbus and no other Catholic organization has stepped up.

Mr. Faddis, it does not good to claim there is a CAtholic version when your website was nil in June and remains so today http://solidarityhealthshare.com

And heartlander to claim http://christusmedicus.com/CMFMembership144152.pdf is doing anything more than taking donations to host senators speaking on the topic of healthcare (haven't they done enough harm already?) is to break faithful hearts.

For 90 years the US Catholic bishops have demanded single payer government healthcare, and now we are going to get it, good and hard. There is no way they will reverse themselves, they will tinker on the edges, as a matter of prudential judgment, as we all pay for abortions. The knights will not contradict the bishops. We are on our own.

These programs are ancient in execution, the term is simply "self-insurance." KofC and MetLife were 2 of thousands of versions created after the US Civil war. We've lost our sense of community by deferring to the State. Now we stand by as the death toll mounts, being good germans and all that.

Yes, we need to be compliant with Catholic teaching without the Bishop's approval. That is the only way out. Who will lead this effort?

TheHardworkingHousewife said...

You and I John! I think the Knight's suggestions are good starts. We just need to make enough waves to get this done!