Huckabee Joins Board Of Christian Health Care Sharing Outfit As States Move To Clamp Down On Deceptions

Via press release from Christian Newswire:

Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee has joined the Board of Directors at OneShare Health, an ACA-exempt Christian Health Care Sharing Ministry (HCSM) based in Irving, Texas. Huckabee, who maintains strong ties to the Christian church, said he was initially drawn to OneShare Health’s faithdriven vision.

After joining OneShare Health’s Board of Directors, Huckabee said he appreciates the strides the company is making towards providing affordable healthcare options.

“As a Baptist minister, I am inspired by the familiar verse in Galatians 6:2. That verse teaches that Christians are to ‘Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.’ At OneShare Health, we believe that bearing one another’s burdens should extend into all areas of life, including healthcare.

Rather obviously, Huckabee was never the “Republican presidential nominee.”

And about these “health care sharing” outfits:

The California Department of Insurance issued a cease and desist order to a major Christian group Wednesday for misleading consumers about their health insurance plans and acting as a payer without proper certification, joining a handful of other states scrutinizing the limited coverage.

Deceptive marketing by Aliera Healthcare, which sells health ministry plans, and Trinity, which runs them, led to roughly 11,000 Californians belonging to the unapproved “lookalike” plans that don’t cover pre-existing conditions and other required benefits, with no guarantees their claims will be paid, the state’s insurance regulator said.

Healthcare sharing ministries (HCSMs) are organizations where members share a common set of religious or ethical beliefs and agree to share the medical expenses of other members.

They’re increasingly controversial, as policy experts worry the low-cost insurance attracts healthier individuals from the broader insurance market, creating smaller and sicker risk pools in plans compliant with the Affordable Care Act.