Shunning insurance, Mennonite sect relies on community

While most people would turn to an insurance company for assistance after a serious car accident, Mennonites rely on the generosity of their communities. Full Story
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#44 Mar 24, 2010
"Obamacare" died months ago when the government option was tea-partied out of the debate. Geez, this bill is so far from the original proposal it's not even funny, and it's light years away from Hillarycare.

Would it really be so awful to just compromise for ONCE??
Smoke and Sunshine

United States

#45 Mar 24, 2010
The Amish do the same thing. Their sect pays the hospital bill in cash. They negotiate with the hospital and pay the bill. By the way, these cultures are "supposedly" exempt from this mandated government insurance plan.
Pibbs

Carlisle, PA

#46 Mar 24, 2010
Smoke and Sunshine wrote:
The Amish do the same thing. Their sect pays the hospital bill in cash. They negotiate with the hospital and pay the bill. By the way, these cultures are "supposedly" exempt from this mandated government insurance plan.
The hospitals are always willing to reduce their bill because they are getting cold hard cash. Insurance companies rarely cover the entire bill and of course we have our welfare recipients that never pay a dime.
Hospitals welcome the Mennonite and Amish community. They have spent alot of time setting up free clinics to introduce them to updated technology and services and they are seeing more and more from their communities opting to come to the hospitals.
Highway To Heck

Biglerville, PA

#47 Mar 24, 2010
Friend wrote:
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Clarification: The Brethren in Christ church came from the River Brethren. There still are River Brethren in various areas. And please note, the spelling is REN, not ERN!!
Google 'Brethern'. You will be surprised to see how many of these
folks cannot spell. Maybe they should toss some of that rainy day money over your way and take some spelling lessons from you.

“ONE LOVE...ONE HORSE”

Since: Dec 07

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#48 Mar 25, 2010
Are there any black Mennonites?
Friend

Philadelphia, PA

#49 Mar 25, 2010
A Talking Horse wrote:
Are there any black Mennonites?
Yes.
But why would you ask such a question??

“ONE LOVE...ONE HORSE”

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#50 Mar 25, 2010
Elizabeth wrote:
They are choosing to help each other, not being forced to do so by their government. Would you feel more loved if someone was forced to take care of you (hand you money for care), or chose to do it because they truly cared and loved you. Having universal health care is actually about not caring. It makes people feel like they care because their tax money is being used to take care of someone else, when they actually don't have to care for their neighbor. The mennonites have it right-they are actually caring for each other. They are also being fiscally responsible with their money. So, no, it's nothing like universal health care.
Painting a bit of dreamy scenario there Liz...

Its not like the Mennonites themselves are providing the hands on health care. Yeager admits that much. He says "they 'have no aversion' to using modern medical facilities and professionals."

You are equating "providing money" with "caring"? I have a feeling the people providing the actual care don't give a hoot what your faith is.

There is nothing special about the kind of health care Mennonites need. They have the same bodies as everybody...that part is UNIVERSAL.

I think they are just ahead of the curve.

I know Harold Yeager. He's one of the finest men you'll ever meet.

Harold, you worked in the school district for many years and I dont think anyone ever called you a socialist. You didn't just help your own...you helped everybody.

While it may seem colder and impersonal, it sounds more like Menno-care is just scaled up Obama-care.

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#51 Mar 25, 2010
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Yes.
But why would you ask such a question??
Genuine curiosity. All this talk of "taking care of their own" - just wondered how far that went.
Tax Man

Hagerstown, MD

#52 Mar 25, 2010
A Talking Horse wrote:
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Painting a bit of dreamy scenario there Liz...
Its not like the Mennonites themselves are providing the hands on health care. Yeager admits that much. He says "they 'have no aversion' to using modern medical facilities and professionals."
You are equating "providing money" with "caring"? I have a feeling the people providing the actual care don't give a hoot what your faith is.
There is nothing special about the kind of health care Mennonites need. They have the same bodies as everybody...that part is UNIVERSAL.
I think they are just ahead of the curve.
I know Harold Yeager. He's one of the finest men you'll ever meet.
Harold, you worked in the school district for many years and I dont think anyone ever called you a socialist. You didn't just help your own...you helped everybody.
While it may seem colder and impersonal, it sounds more like Menno-care is just scaled up Obama-care.
Harold had a firm hand on that paddle he used on me in 7th grade also. Dang that still hurts. It changed my thought process very quickly.
George

Woodbridge, VA

#53 Mar 25, 2010
A Talking Horse wrote:
Are there any black Mennonites?
Why not? Before my husband retired, he worked with a young man who was born in Salvador and adopted by a Mennonite family. He is a nice young man who works very hard.
Friend

Philadelphia, PA

#54 Mar 25, 2010
A Talking Horse wrote:
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Genuine curiosity. All this talk of "taking care of their own" - just wondered how far that went.
One of best ways to reach out to those in the communities around us and show the love of Christ is to help those in need, regardless of their race, culture or other circumstances.
rainBows

Carlisle, PA

#55 Mar 25, 2010
A Talking Horse wrote:
Are there any black Mennonites?
Mennonites know no color. They foster and adopt any child that needs a home. Plus, it is spreading their word.

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Since: Dec 07

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#56 Mar 25, 2010
rainBows wrote:
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Mennonites know no color. They foster and adopt any child that needs a home. Plus, it is spreading their word.
Thanks for these replys. Now that you mention it - I have seen younger couples with children who were adopted. Good enough.
Jim

Shreveport, LA

#57 Mar 27, 2010
If all communities used a system more like the Mennonite communities and tort reform would take place the medical charges would probably already be under control. Obama care will only deteriate our health care.

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