A Pennsylvania pastor supports the legalization of medical marijuana that could benefit one of his church members by significantly reducing the multiple seizures she suffers every day.
Brett Hartman, senior pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Mechanicsburg, Pa., believes that medical marijuana, given in an oil form low in THC, could be the solution for Anna Knecht, 11, who has dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.
"Anna's condition isn't getting better and so we're kind of like, 'let's make sure our representatives know this. Let's make sure that maybe we don't have to go through all the bureaucracy,'" said Hartman, reports Fox 43 News. more >>
Thirty-nine protesters from Moral Monday Georgia were arrested Tuesday at the Georgia Capitol. They were protesting a bill that would deny the governor the ability to participate in the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," expansion of Medicaid, a government program that provides healthcare to the poor.
"Georgians are standing up to an extreme right-wing agenda in the Georgia Capitol," Moral Monday Georgia co-founder Tim Franzen told Creative Loafing. "Moral Monday is calling for people to come to the Capitol to participate in the spontaneous protests that are breaking out all day."
The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor, was one of those arrested. more >>
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 >>