Monday, July 02, 2012

Christian Doctors Say "Faith Fines" May Be Next

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Much has been said and written since the Supreme Court upheld most all of Obamacare, aka, "The Affordable Care Act."

The Christian Medical Association is the nation's largest faith-based association of physicians.

They, as many in the medical community, religious community and citizens who value their freedoms, are disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling and are calling on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare.

In a statement released by the Association, they said:
CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens observed, "The high court unfortunately could not muster enough justices willing to uphold the Constitutional principles of limited government and separation of powers that have guided our nation since its founding. This ruling sounds an alarm across the country to people with faith-based and pro-life convictions, to poor patients who depend on physicians with these values and to all patients who value choosing their own health care."

"Who will stop U.S. Health and Human Services political appointees from forcing employers and individuals with faith-based convictions to subsidize abortion or life-ending contraceptives and imposing huge 'faith fines' on those of us who resist? What will stop this administration, with its radical pro-abortion agenda, from further undermining conscience rights and pursuing policies that effectively force out of medicine physicians with life-honoring convictions? Who will keep government panels from effectively denying physicians and patients choice about what are the most effective and appropriate medicines, surgeries and treatments?"

Certainly court battles will continue for the foreseeable future on a law that wasn't even read in its entirety by legislators before they voted to pass it into law.

CMA is calling on Congress to demonstrate a new respect for the proper limits of government power, listen to the people and pursue a careful, measured approach of targeted reforms.

The following is a list of reforms the Christian Medical Association is calling for:
  • protecting patient access to care by enacting strong conscience protections;
  • providing a safety net for the poor and patients with preexisting conditions;
  • containing the cost of health insurance by opening up competition across state lines;
  • reducing cost and keeping physicians in medicine by reforming malpractice lawsuits and reducing bureaucracy; and by
  • rooting out and prosecuting Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

CMA Executive VP Dr. Gene Rudd noted, "Compassionate and common-sense reforms like these offer hope for a health care system that cares for the most vulnerable among us while containing costs to make health insurance affordable for an ever-increasing number of Americans. It will also ensure that conscientious physicians who still hold to high ethical standards such as the Hippocratic oath will be able to remain in medicine and care for this increasing number of patients."

America stands on the threshold of becoming much less than our Founders envisioned and what I believe God desires for this exceptional nation.

There is a call to action that has both current and eternal consequences. Let us have ears that hear and hearts that understand.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.