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Christian ‘health care sharing’ group denies sick child’s claim — then tells family to ‘just trust God’

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Christian nonprofit organization Samaritan Ministries charges customers hundreds of dollars in monthly premiums while advertising itself as an alternative to traditional health insurance.

However, the organization warns enrollees that “there is no coverage, no guarantee of payment” when they get sick, at which point the enrollees are instructed to “just trust God.”

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As the New York Times reports, groups like Samaritan Ministries have popped up as cheaper alternatives to health insurance for people who can’t afford the monthly premiums of big-name insurers.

“These Christian nonprofit groups offer far lower rates because they are not classified as insurance and are under no legal obligation to pay medical claims,” the Times writes. “They generally decline to cover people with pre-existing illnesses. They can set limits on how much their members will pay, and they can legally refuse to cover treatments for specialties like mental health.”

One particularly gruesome example of how this is playing out came when eight-year-old Blake Collie had to be hospitalized so he could be treated for a brain aneurysm. But because Samaritan Ministries has capped per-patient expenses at $250,000, it refused to pay the full costs of Collie’s treatment, which has sent his family into a financial crisis.

State attorneys general have started investigating the practices of these Christian “health sharing” organizations, but they’ve mostly been allowed to operate without any government oversight.

“Regulators haven’t been willing to assert any control or regulatory authority over these plans,” Katie Keith, a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, tells the Times. “They feel their hands are tied. At the end of the day, it’s not insurance.”

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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