(RNS) Following evangelicals, traditional R. Catholics create a health insurance alternative

If you are a Christian who doesn’t smoke, abstains from sex outside your heterosexual marriage and can get your priest to vouch that you go to church at least three times a month, you may qualify for a new Catholic alternative to health insurance.

Taking a cue from evangelicals, a group of traditionalist Catholics on Thursday (Oct. 2) unveiled a cost-sharing network that they say honors their values and ensures that they are not even indirectly supporting health care services such as abortion that contradict their beliefs.

Christ Medicus Foundation CURO, as the group is called, will be financially integrated with Samaritan Ministries International, which was launched in 1991 by an evangelical home-schooling dad. The SMI network now serves 125,000 people and is exempt from the Affordable Care Act.

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4 comments on “(RNS) Following evangelicals, traditional R. Catholics create a health insurance alternative

  1. Capt. Father Warren says:

    The financial integration with Samaritan allows them to skirt the Obamacare prohibition against forming new Christian healthsharing ministries that relieve one of the responsibility of actually signing up for Obamacare. Shrewd.

  2. St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse says:

    We’ll see how long it can go, given that Ceasar usually brooks no opposition.

  3. Capt. Father Warren says:

    Amen. The saving grace is that the Fed’s have so many other holes to plug in the leaky Obamacare ship that maybe this will go unnoticed for awhile.

  4. Jim the Puritan says:

    I suspect Obama will ban this by his phone and his pen once he gets around to it.