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As the son of Cuban immigrants, I have learned to be wary of government promises to solve our problems. The point is, standardized and rigid programs fail individuals because they are not designed for individuals.

As business gurus will tell you, “a product for everyone is a product for no one”. This is especially true when it comes to our health, which is why we must do everything we can to protect and encourage the choice of Americans when it comes to managing their health care. And 2021 has proven to be a push in the battle to protect the right to choose for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Advocates of central planning are executing a concerted effort across the United States to eliminate choice in health care in an effort to slowly force everyone into federally administered health care. Wars are won by battles, and health care sharing ministries struggle to fight legislation in several states that threatens their very survival. From coast to coast, bills have been introduced in state legislatures to effectively eliminate ministries from serving member health care sharing. Each bill is slightly different, but all are deadly.

Take a Texas bill that – thankfully – just derailed. He was seeking to regulate health care sharing ministries much like health insurance and since they are not health insurance, functioning as genuine health care sharing ministries under the law would be difficult. They would be forced to violate the law or their unique identity. Neither option is fair for members of the ministry or good for society, which benefits only from competitive progress.

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Health care sharing ministries are not health insurance and do not claim to be. This is a completely different model where members share medical bills that align with shared values. They are communities committed to supporting each other – financially, emotionally and spiritually – through their Christian faith. It is a product for some, but certainly not for all.

But Texas is not alone. So far, nine other states are also quietly passing legislation to stifle the Department’s option of shared health care, which currently serves more than 1.5 million Americans – and has been since the early 1990s. legislative assault is smart and intentional. The wording of the proposed legislation appears to be beneficial to consumers, and proponents are trying to sneak bills through with late-night offers hoping no one notices.

Government programs are rigid, universal behemoths that are content to be “good enough” for the most part. This is why I have been shocked to see the United States move ever closer to government-run health care over the past decade. As my family witnessed first-hand in Cuba, the lofty promises of “one-size-fits-all” government solutions for health care never match the reality of what is being provided. Cuba’s Communist dream of “quality” and “accessible” health care for all has turned out to be a disaster, creating a miserable medical system for Cubans where access is limited, conditions are unsanitary and drugs are available. base are rare. When it comes to our health care, Americans’ goal should be nothing less than excellence.

Choice leads to excellence and government health care programs continue to fall short of expectations because they offer no choice and, as we have seen in Cuba and other totalitarian regimes , they eliminate choice to mask failure. We cannot let this happen in the United States of America.

There are many reasons why over 1.5 million Americans choose Christian Health Care Sharing over government health care or private insurance – and those reasons are specific to each individual. At the end of the day, they have a choice, and there is nothing more American than that.

We must uphold American principles of health care and keep individuals in the driver’s seat. Government solutions never materialize and will not materialize this time around.

Evelio Silvera is Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs at Christian Care Ministry (CCM), which manages the Medi-Share program. He wrote this for


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