Religious Based Health Associations
As someone who is now uninsured by a insurance company for any health problems, and still a few years out of being able to qualify for Medicare, I am just now beginning to navigate my options. It was the big hole in my early retirement planning and one I worry about constantly. I've even caught myself changing my actions, to minimize any accidental injury. The other morning I was about to put on a set of sweat pants, and stopped. I would have normally just stuck one leg, then the other into them but a couple of times I've had problems and fell. Embarrassing but not dangerous. Now at 62, it could be.
I sat on the bed to pull them on.
This week I received the information from my health care management on how much it would cost me to continue my employer provided insurance. I knew it was going to be high but WOW! Considering that the company self insured and paid for claims out of profits it was still a shock on how much I would have to pay, basically $780US. Now I did have top flight insurance, where they paid 90%, that price is still mind boggling. That is about 10 thousand dollars a year. I only saw about $20 a week out of my pay stub for my insurance.
In the big "Medicare For All" debate the Left has gotten into, and the way some opponents to the idea have been pressing Sanders and Warden on whether it will raise taxes on the Middle Class, I'm going to point out, that's 10 thousand dollars that my previous employer paid on top of my wages. With my weekly contribution they were only out $9K, but still that is a cost of employing me to do their work. If all employers were forbidden from providing health insurance to their employees, then that $9K would be going into my personal pocket.
Though it would be going right back out if we had government single payer health insurance. It would just come out as another deduction on my pay stub.`
That's what I find disingenuous about argument against single payer health insurance and that it will cost us individually. It costs us individually NOW.
Back to the subject of this post, I found this link to be interesting in a general way but not applicable to me personally, first because I am familiar with fraternal organizations contracting for their member's and their families health care (via Greer and the ADR) but had not known religious organizations were doing it. And secondly as someone who doesn't attend church services on a even annual basis, I probably wouldn't qualify.
The link comes across as lightly commercial, but the author and webmaster Melissa seems to cover more than just that subject on the rest of the blog. Just a few minutes browsing around gave me at least a couple of ideas for further posts here. I didn't read further into some of her off site links but if you think such a co-operation might suit you, check it out and let us know back on your experiences.
I know that the forum posts and comments here on Green Wizardry, and by extension on Greer's two blogs, Ecosophia.net and the ArchDruid Report, can make this community appear to be down on Christianity.
I want to just say, "WE ARE NOT ANTI-CHRISTIAN".
I want you to feel as welcomed here, as everyone should feel, and if you ever feel a post steps over the line, please say so, in a polite and respectful way. If you feel uncomfortable saying it in public, then send me an email. I'll check it out. I can't promise you that you won't disagree with what some people here post and that I agree with you.
I want this site, and the Green Wizard community to be open to participation by people in the Fringes of politics, opinion and discussion, but especially religion, to feel welcome though I don't make that welcome conditional on bashing the beliefs of the Majority. Like it or not, we all have to live on this "rapidly being screwed" lump of rock.
Green Wizardry's first commandment and guiding principle is "Dissensus", that is the strength in having many answers. Sometimes those different answers are strongly believed and while we respect your right to believe in an idea and consider it true, we expect you to give the same respect to someone else's strongly held belief, which you may consider wrong. Short of the "Great Spirit" which watches over us all, can any of us know it all.
Don't compromise your strongly held beliefs but be willing to entertain the idea you may not know it all.