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Health Care and Faith: Affordability (Session 2) October 12, 2010

Getting Started

Role Playing

Randomly divide into five pairs or groups. Randomly assign the following roles to each pair or group:

  1. Child diagnosed with leukemia, whose parents have no insurance
  2. Healthy 25-year-old college graduate beginning a career
  3. Single parent working 38 hours per week raising four children
  4. 44-year-old successful businessperson with company insurance, paying for your children’s college tuition
  5. 72-year-old blue collar retiree, now living modestly on social security and retirement

Discuss the following question: What would be the most important aspects of a health care system to you, within the situation you have been presented?

  • What responsibility does a society have to create a health care system that provides for everyone in it?
  • What scriptures do you think of when you consider this question?


The United Methodist Church on Health Care

Biblical Foundations

Read Luke 12:22-34

  • How does this text relate to health care today? How does this text not relate to health care today?

John Wesley’s Sermon on “The Use of Money”

Gain All You Can

  • Read and discuss “The Use of Money” I.1-5.

Save All You Can

  • Read and discuss “The Use of Money” II.1.

Give All You Can

  • Read and discuss “The Use of Money” III.1-3, 6-7
  • What responsibility do Christians have to provide for the health of everyone, including those who cannot afford health care within the current U.S. system?

The U.M. Council of Bishops has called for legislative health care reform in the United States that is: Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible, and Accountable.

Should Health Care be “Affordable”?


  • Regarding Health Care, what does the word “affordable” mean to you?

Interviews and Questions for Consideration

Dr. John Ross 2

  • What are your first reactions to this story?
  • Discuss the “Iron Triangle” between poverty, health and mental illness. How can people who live in or near poverty pay for health care expenses?
  • In the U.S., one of the largest contributors to bankruptcies is health care expenses. What could be done to change this trend?

Nina Ridgely

  • What are your first reactions to this story?
  • Many people believe they have adequate insurance coverage until they encounter a major medical expense. What does it meant to say someone is underinsured? How do copayments impact this?
  • Should insurance companies be able to control which medicines, hospitals, and doctors people choose?

Allan Willcox

  • What are your first reactions to this story?
  • Discuss the “donut hole”. How does the donut hole lead to being underinsured? What could be done to provide more adequate insurance for people as they age?
  • What percent of your income goes toward uncovered medical expenses?

How could a more affordable health care system provide choice and control for people in all walks of life?

Making health care affordable does not help significantly if it is not also accessible. For next week: consider what it means for health care to be accessible.

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