People are voicing their concerns that health care reform law intended to be “about people not profit” is not about all the people in regard to their individual health care choices. One such voice is in a recent Michigan City News Dispatch under the headline “Women are speaking out.”
The last sentence states, “We call on President Obama and our Representatives in Congress to allow religious institutions and individuals to continue to witness to their faiths in all their fullness.” That I agree with as an individual who practices the Christian Science religion.
I find a parallel between people who sincerely believe it is not right, quoting the article, “that the new mandated health coverage would include coverage of contraception and abortion inducing drugs, regardless of any religious or moral problems one may have with providing such services,” and my practice of Christian Science for my health care. I do not feel it is right to be mandated to purchase medical health insurance with no provision for spiritual care as an option within an insurance benefit or to be given the option of a religious conscience exemption from having to purchase it.
The spiritual care in place for me includes Christian Science practitioners, Christian Science nurses, and Christian Science nursing facilities. I have practiced Christian Science for my primary health care throughout my life, and I have found it to have effective good results. There are long established health insurance plans that cover Christian Science. Medicare and Medicaid cover religious nonmedical nursing care in a religious nonmedical health care institution.
The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the health care reform law from March 26 to 28. Indiana is one of 26 states that have filed that it is unconstitutional. The ruling is expected this summer, but it could be much later. The Republicans and Democrats are divided in Congress about the law, and the outcome is uncertain.
In my prayers I hold to this statement from Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, “The Constitution of the United States does not provide that materia medica shall make laws to regulate man’s religion; rather does it imply that religion shall permeate our laws. Mankind will be God-governed in proportion as God’s government becomes apparent, the Golden Rule utilized, and the rights of man and the liberty of conscience held sacred (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, page 222).”