Government bureaucracy ‘not the answer to America’s medical debt crisis’
Medical debt is one of the greatest problems facing Americans today…
It causes thousands to declare bankruptcy every year.
It’s one of the top issues voters are concerned about for the 2020 elections.
There are two different philosophical, political, and economic approaches to addressing this problem:
1. The American solution of volunteerism and freedom.
This approach believes individuals and the private sector – without the coercion or force of the government – are able to solve problems and derive better solutions.
No bureaucracy. No forced taxation. No unfair regulation.
2. The socialist solution of government intervention.
This point of view that says government is the answer to solving every problem.
America faces these two important, philosophical, political and economic decisions on many issues…
And churches are in the forefront of doing it the American way…
Here’s just one example:
Covenant Church in Dallas – in partnership with a nonprofit called RIP Medical Debt – wiped out $10.5 million in overdue medical debts held by collection agencies.
The debt payoff freed 4,229 families within a 20-mile radius of the church from their medical debt bondage.
Senior Pastor Stephen Hayes called the debt forgiveness a “Tetelestai Miracle,” saying it’s “a familiar message to Christians and an effort the Church should champion.”
The Greek word tetelestai was the word tax collectors in New Testament times would use when a taxpayer’s bill was paid in full. It was also written across the conviction notice of a prisoner after he had served his time and was released from prison.
Tetelestai means “It is finished,” or “Paid in full.”
It’s the same word Jesus shouted from the cross just before he died to pay the debt for the sins of mankind.
Covenant Church in Dallas isn’t the only church actively helping people erase their medical debt. Here are a few others:
Stetson Baptist Church in Deland, FL paid off $7.2 million in medical debt for 6,500 individuals and families in 5 central Florida counties.
Victory Life Church in Battle Creek, MI paid off $3.89 million of medical debt for members of the congregation.
Northview Church in Indiana paid off $3 million in medical debt for nearly 2500 people randomly selected by zip code.
City Church in Russelville, AR paid off $3 million in medical debt for 1,589 families in central Arkansas.
City Church in Bloomington, IN paid off $2.2 million in medical debt.
Grand Rapids First Church in west Michigan paid off $1.8 million.
Higher Vision Church in Santa Clarita, CA paid off $1.6 million.
Access Church in Lakeland, FL paid off $1.6 million in overdue medical bills for 1,315 families.
The generosity of church congregations to help eliminate medical debt will only increase. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
Americans are the most generous people in the world in helping those in need.
Watch this video about Covenant Church in Dallas (3 ¾ minutes).
Watch this 3-minute video about how the nonprofit RIP Medical Debt partners with churches to buy medical debt from collection agencies and pay it off for pennies on the dollar.
Craig Huey is author and publisher of The Huey Report and a frequent guest on TV including Fox and radio stations such as KKLA, KWVE and KBRT. His new book, The Deep State, is available now.
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