Since the very beginning of our nation, the United States has been a country rooted in the idea of individual freedoms. Americans are, for the most part, strong-minded and strong-willed people who will not stand by and let their freedoms be limited in a way they feel is unnecessary or an overreach of authority. When that attempt to limit their freedom involves something as personal as their healthcare, you can be sure that these Americans won’t be too thrilled about it.
So, it should be of no surprise that when the passage of the Affordable Care Act attempted to require all Americans to purchase a healthcare program from the government-run exchange, hundreds of thousands of Americans began searching for a new way to regain their medical freedom. This search led many to a type of healthcare program with which they may not have previously been familiar but was the perfect solution for what it is they wanted.
Many Americans have found true medical freedom in a place where hundreds of thousands of their fellow Americans had already found it – healthcare sharing ministries. While healthcare sharing ministries have been operating effectively since the 1980s, the popularity of this healthcare option grew substantially in the years following the passage of the Affordable Care Act. A few of the major reasons for this substantial growth are the professional, financial, and spiritual freedoms that healthcare sharing ministries offer their members, which are extremely difficult to find in any other type of healthcare program.
For millions of Americans, their healthcare program is tied to their employment status, which limits their freedom to switch jobs without losing their healthcare program. In many cases, the fear of losing their healthcare program prevents them from pursuing other career opportunities that may not have a healthcare program that suits their needs. In short, Americans’ freedom for professional advancement is limited by their medical freedom being limited.
On the contrary, healthcare sharing ministries do not tie employment status to membership. Organizations such as Share HealthCare, and other growing healthcare ministries, are proud to offer a program that can move with the member from one job to the next, allowing them to pursue any career opportunity they desire. While this idea of professional freedom may not be at the front of mind for many people when searching for a healthcare program, it may quickly become extremely important for them in our extremely turbulent times.
Americans work hard to earn a living for themselves and provide for their families and they have a right to choose how they spend the money they earn. So, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that when the Affordable Care Act began to require Americans to have a qualifying healthcare program or face a tax penalty, many Americans were rightfully upset. Thankfully for those Americans, healthcare sharing members have a qualified exemption from the tax penalty. This returns a measure of financial freedom to the healthcare market, as it gives Americans another choice as it relates to their healthcare.
However, if the monthly prices of healthcare sharing ministries were at a level that would make them cost prohibitive, that freedom would quickly be lost. Thankfully, healthcare sharing ministries generally have monthly prices that make their programs more affordable and accessible. For example, Share HealthCare offers their healthcare program starting at $149 per month for an individual and $349 per month for a family. With prices at this substantially lower level, members of Share HealthCare are able to receive the healthcare they need while also maintain their financial freedom to pursue happiness in other aspects of their lives.
Spiritual or religious considerations aren’t usually part of the decision-making process when searching for a healthcare program but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be. As religious-based organizations, healthcare sharing ministries offer members a way to receive the healthcare they need while also being assured that their money is not going towards medical procedures or services of which they would not approve. Additionally, being a member of a healthcare sharing ministry means you are part of a community of fellow members who share the same religious beliefs as you.
As is stated in the Share HealthCare Member Handbook, “these shared beliefs inform the attitudes and behaviors of Share HealthCare members. Compelled only by their conscience and personal integrity, members share in the medical expenses of fellow members and make responsible decisions regarding their own health”. It’s upon those shared beliefs that ministries such as Share HealthCare operate. Healthcare sharing ministries such as Share HealthCare and other Christian-based ministries offer members the freedom of being part of a community because they choose to be part of it, not because they are required to be. This freedom is the core upon which healthcare sharing was founded and why they continue to operate successfully today.
For those who are tired of the limited choice and limited freedoms often associated with the government-run healthcare exchange, there’s an option available that allows true freedom when it comes to your healthcare. Having proven to be effective over the past several decades, healthcare sharing provides members with professional, financial, and spiritual freedom that they won’t get from programs on the exchange. When you join a healthcare sharing ministry
, you are joining something bigger than yourself. You’re joining a community that is there for each other during tough times, but you’re also reclaiming your medical freedom which for many has been lost for far too long.
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