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.