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Faith-Based Resources on U.S. Health Care

  • Mennonite Church USA

    • Health Care Access — Mennonite panel discussion of current heath care issues — Biblical reflection, Corinthian Plan, legislative proposals, reponse to questions — audio and slides. (September 2009).
    • www.MennoniteUSA.org/peace – Resources on health care and U.S. public policy advocacy.
    • Healthcare Access – 2009 resolution on health care; health care policy principles; and related resources.
    • Healing Healthcare: A Study and Action Guide on Healthcare Access in the United States, edited by Joseph J. Kotva, (Faith & Life Resources, 2005).
      www.mennoniteusa.org – overview of “Healing Healthcare” six-session study/action guide.
  • Mennonite Central Committee

    • MCC Washington Memo blog with weekly updates on Health Care Legislation.
    • MCC Washington Memo Summer 2009 issue, with commentary on the U.S. debate on national health care policy.
  • Sojourners magazine: August 2008 issue, with feature articles on health care.
    www.sojo.net

Current state of health care in the U.S. and Pennsylvania
In 2007, the U.S. spent about $2.26 trillion on health care, or $7,439 per person which is about 15.2% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

U.S. infant mortality, life expectancy, health care cost


Characteristics of good health care plan

  • www.healthcare4allpa.org
    “Insuring America’s Health: Principles and Recommendations” (summary)
    and information on “single-payer” health care systems.

  • www.iom.edu
    “Insuring America’s Health: Principles and Recommendations” (full report)
    from The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
  • www.kaiseredu.org
    Research papers on health care policy.

Proposed Health Care Legislation

“Prescription for Pennsylvania” – Governor Ed Rendell

Pennsylvania Legislation

U.S. Congress (“ObamaCare”)

  • Washington and Lee University law professor Tim Jost has provided a good overview of the House, Senate, and revised Senate health reform bills (Dec. 2009). As of January 2010, this legislation is in House-Senate Conference Committee.

U.S. Health Care Proposals


Mennonite Church USA – Health Insurance for Church Workers

  • www.mennoweekly.org
    Health insurance plan (Mennonite Weekly Review) September 29, 2008.
  • www.easterndistrict.org
    More links to details about the “Corinthian Plan” (mutual aid health insurance plan for church employees).
  • www.mennoniteusa.org
    Health Care for Church Workers (Mennonite Church USA) — History, Biblical foundation, and overview of new health care insurance plan. Enrollment will begin in 2009 for coverage beginning January 2010.

Other Resources

  • ja.ppjr.org
    Health Care: links to many church-related resources — Pennsylvania and U.S.
    Justice & Advocacy Committee, Lehigh County Conference of Churches

Last updated January 4th, 2012.