What do the Election Results Mean?

What do the Election Results Mean?

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The following is a blog from the Committee on Publication Federal Office that was posted on its website November 13, 2012

Generally speaking, the Nov 6. election will not drastically alter the Federal Office’s efforts with health care reform. The results of the election will continue the balance of power that has existed before:

  • Barack Obama was reelected U.S. President
  • Democrats retained control of the Senate
  • Republicans stayed atop the House of Representatives

This electoral outcome makes a full repeal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) not possible next session, though the implementation of the law will likely be debated by both parties for some time.

At the Federal Office, we feel we are well-positioned to work within this political context, given the strong bipartisan support we’ve received over the past several years. Our issue is one that has uniquely brought together representatives from both sides of the aisle. We feel we are closer now than we ever have been before to achieving our objectives.

So, we’ll keep moving forward: actively seeking solutions to the ACA’s fundamental inequity to Christian Scientists—namely, that the required health insurance does not yet include the type of care we use, nor does the ACA provide for a religious exemption that meets our needs. Accordingly, we’ll continue our efforts in two significant approaches: (1) requesting that federal and state governments include coverage of Christian Science practitioner and nursing services in the benefits that will be offered by health insurance plans in the new state exchanges; and (2) seeking a legislative solution with Congress that would allow anyone with a “sincerely held religious belief” against purchasing the mandated health insurance to be exempted from the requirement.

We are grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from church members all across the country as we forge ahead. Keep abreast of the Church’s progress by visiting our website and making sure we have your correct mailing address so we can send you specific alerts about your state’s officials.

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.

Comments

  1. Pamela says

    Thanks for this reminder. We all need to continue to support this effort with our prayers. It is only right that all needs be considered and met, otherwise it really isn’t “universal” health care it’s just medical health care. There are many individuals, not just Christian Scientists, who use spiritual means for their health issues and therefore should not be required to purchase insurance which does not cover thier needs. It is only right that an exemption for those who desire it be provided.

  2. Judith says

    Thank you for this reminder to keep this issue forward in our thoughts and to keep up the application of our scientific prayer.

  3. Judy says

    I work everyday in my prayers knowing that there is only one true government and only one true Law-Giver!
    I work to know therefore that Christian Science cannot be left out of any so-called laws about health care reform.
    God is in charge, and he shall overturn and overturn and overturn until he come whose right it is. (I’m guessing I didn’t get this quote perfectly correct, but the heart of it is there!)
    Thanks Don, for all you are doing!

  4. Don Ingwerson says

    Thanks for your comments on the information on the federal website. We”ll continue to bring to you information from their website as it’s posted.