HealthSourceRI, Rhode Island's health insurance exchange for the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has launched a campaign encouraging mothers to sign up for sexting sites such as Snapchat, Tinder, and OkCupid to "nag" their children to sign up for health insurance. Critics have attacked this move as "desperate" and "inappropriate."
"We're playing with the idea that kids don't want to sign up for health insurance, they don't really want to talk about it, and they don't want to be nagged by their moms," Dara Chadwick, communications director for HealthSourceRI, told Buzzfeed. "So the idea was, we would set out to find what they wanted less."
"If you're young, from Rhode Island, and don't have health insurance, look out: That potential hot date on Tinder might just be your mom," Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro warned in a report on the "Nag Toolkit." The article describes a two-pronged approach: Facebook ads warning young people that if they do not buy health insurance their parents will nag them on dating sites, and ads directing moms to the "Nag Toolkit," which gives them the tools to stalk their children. more >>
Pastors such as Shane Idleman of the Westside Christian Fellowship Church, are calling on Christians to take a more holistic approach to mental illness and not dismiss the problem as either solely psychological or only a spiritual one. However, the pastor of the Lancaster, Calif., church says that in most cases, worshiping God should be a first choice instead of medication.
Idleman writes that Christians who are mentally or emotionally suffering should examine their hearts and delve deep into their spiritual and physical habits to identify if they are lacking in either or both areas. In his recent blog post he states that both could be contributing factors to mental health issues.
"We can't tell a clinically depressed person to 'just get over it…pray and move on,' but on the flip side, we can't dismiss the fact that some depression is self-inflicted," writes Idleman. "Please don't misunderstand, I'm not discounting the deep emotional and psychological pain associated with depression and anxiety, but I do want to remind you that God makes provision for all of our needs. There may be a time and a place for medication, but, in most cases, it should not be the first thing we turn to. The first step must be toward God…toward worship." more >>
An Iowa pastor diagnosed with Stage 3 esophageal cancer in January is now asking for prayers to help pay for his new $850 a month health insurance he signed up for under Obamacare.
Tony Angran, pastor of the Solid Rock Church of God in Centerville, Iowa, explains in a WHO TV report that when he was diagnosed with the disease in January he had health insurance. Moments before he started chemotherapy at a local health facility, however, he was informed that his insurance wouldn't cover the costs of his cancer treatment because of an existing heart condition.
"One of the workers came and said, 'I need to talk to you,' and so I went and talked to her and she says, 'We found out that your insurance does not include chemo,'" Angran told WHO TV. more >>
In a desperate ploy to enroll more young people in Obamacare, the White House put out "16 Sweet Reasons to Get Covered". The Obama administration is realizing just how unpopular Obamacare is with young people and is pulling out all the stops with public relations to try to get those "coveted" Millennials enrolled by the deadline of March 31.
There are many reasons why young people aren't enrolling in the Obamacare exchange-here are just a few.
Currently, seven out of ten young people come out of undergraduate school with student loan debt, which averages, to about $29,400 according to Young America's Foundation's Youth Misery Index (YMI). With this high cost alone and the looming repayment process, young people cannot afford the high premiums of Obamacare. This leads to the next piece of the puzzle, the cost of Obamacare. Young people are unduly burdened in the healthcare exchange because they are the ones expected to subsidize healthcare for the older and sicker generation. more >>
Samir Becic, a world renowned fitness trainer who leads health classes at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church, has compiled a "Top 10 Fittest Christian Leaders" list of U.S. pastors who do a good job of balancing their spiritual lives along with health and proper nutrition.
Becic's list, that he released exclusively to The Christian Post, includes pastors Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and Chuck Bernal. The list was made after his team at Health Fitness Revolution did research on each leader, taking into account how they promote a healthy lifestyle as well as how many people they reach with the Gospel message.
"Some of them had major health problems that they overcame with a healthy lifestyle," Becic told CP. "They can be great ambassadors for the Christian community that might be struggling with their physical health." more >>
The surprise victory of Republican David Jolly for a congressional seat in Florida has given new life to voters who had been depressed about the power of the Obama campaign machine. Even more surprising to the media was that Obamacare turned out to be the winning issue for Republicans.
The Democratic congressional candidate outspent the Republican by a million dollars, and it was a district that President Barack Obama carried in 2012. But the Democratic candidate's message about Obamacare, "fix, don't repeal" and "mend, don't amend," was a loser because the American people want Obamacare repealed.
The Democrats had thought Obama's favorite legislation would be a political advantage by now. It would have given health insurance to millions of voters who never had it before, others would enjoy subsidies and free contraceptives, and all had confidence in Obama's promise, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" (and your health insurance plan and your hospital). more >>