OK, I don’t have time to write a long post on this but I can’t let this go because it is REALLY pissing me off as Mr. Writerdd is reading it to me from the Sunday Denver Post. (He always reads stories that will piss me off out loud just to get me going.) I also don’t have time to be nice, so excuse me in advance. Apparently there some idiot Christians in Denver who think we don’t need health insurance because some unregulated Christian group takes their money and helps pay their medical bills — a sort of catastrophic insurance policy — but get this: ONLY if you’re a Christian. (The baby Jesus must be crying. Shouldn’t Chrstians help others?) What a crock of shit. I can’t even get my bile down enough to write about this coherently.
Read it for yourself. Here’s a snippet:
Last year Medi-Share took in about $60 million and paid out $46 million, Baldwin said, with the rest going to administrative expenses.
That 23 percent administrative cost is higher than the 8 to 17 percent reported by registered insurance companies in Colorado.
In six states, Christian Care Medi-Share and similar programs are facing legal opposition from insurance commissioners who say the sharing programs act like health insurance and should be regulated.
Medi-Share has argued â€” with some success, so far â€” that the program is not insurance, and therefore it is fine to continue what some have called discriminatory policies.
The fund will not cover non-Christians or smokers, and it turns away overweight people who fail to meet weight-loss goals in 12 months.
“In the Bible, we know bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and therefore we are to honor God with our bodies,” Baldwin said, explaining why members are asked to maintain good health.
Thank you for your attention, and now I am going to take a valium so I can calm down and get some work done today. Don’t you just love America? To me, this is an example of just about everything that’s wrong with this country.
UPDATE. OK, now that my work is done and the day is over, I’d like to mention exactly why this pisses me off. Colorado has some serious healthcare problems, with a large percentage of the population uninsured. The Democrat-led state legislature is working on a plan that will mandate that everyone in the state buy insurance and require that insurers offer coverage to everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions. The uninsured conservative-Christians in question don’t like this because they a) don’t want to pay taxes for healthcare, b) don’t want healthcare to be regulated to keep costs down and improve availability and c) they’re thinking about having a fourth child. They are idiots because they are conservatives who don’t even realize what is good for them economically, and because they think private, religious charity is better than universal healthcare; not because they are Christians.