Time for Faith-Based Health Insurance Plans?
Recorded on June 24, 2004
Co-Sponsored by The Centre for New Black
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Conventional employment-based health plans offer limited choices
and they may not fit your personal needs or those of your family.
Worse, health plans may require members to pay premiums for
procedures that may violate their deepest moral, ethical or
religious convictions. What about personal freedom of conscience?
While controversies today might center on abortion, tomorrow they
could center on human cloning, genetic engineering or end of life
issues. Should Americans be able to choose health plans that are
compatible with their ethical, moral and religious convictions?
Should fraternal faith-based organizations be able to sponsor
health insurance like they sponsor life insurance? What changes in
law or regulation are necessary to allow such options to flourish?
What is the status of freedom of conscience and choice in health
insurance today? With the rise of biomedical research, what new
moral and ethical challenges face Americans tomorrow? What are
churches, faith-based organizations and religious institutions
doing today to meet these challenges? Our panelists will address
these and many other questions.