With just five weeks left to sign up for insurance under Obamacare, a growing number of people are opting for a Christian alternative to traditional health insurance.
These are faith-based health-sharing plans which Tony Meggs at Christian Care Ministry says have attracted tens of thousands in recent months.
“There are some things that are built into what's called the qualifying plan in the Affordable Care Act that many people say would violate their conscience and violate biblical principals,” he tells KTRH News.
“The scriptures talks about in Acts chapter 2 how they had all things in common, and they took care of anyone who had a need,” says Meggs. “We just created that experience here in the 21st century.”
Howard Russell at Christian Healthcare Ministries tell Houston's Morning News that their plan is at least comparable, if not cheaper than private insurers:
“Our cost for a family at our best level would be $150 per month per unit,” says Russell. “Mom would be one unit, dad would be a second unit and all dependent children would be a third unit.”
“We have members in the Houston area and Texas, a large number of members, and access in most of the major, if not all of the major medical providers there,” he says.
There are some drawbacks however, many ministries do not cover check-ups and screenings, dental or vision which members believe they can foot themselves. But, like Obamcare the Christian Care Ministries also cover pre-existing conditions.