But now for some good news
The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits can’t seem to understand why Obamacare is going to mow down the way the denomination provides health insurance for its clergy.
Glenview, IL—Key features of the Affordable Care Act begin in a few months, but unless Congress acts soon, clergy and lay employees of churches may soon lose their health care coverage. In the confusion and political drama accompanying the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), Congress overlooked the clergy and lay employees of churches.
Don’t you love how that’s phrased: “In the confusion and political drama accompanying” Obamacare’s passage. And of course the UMC added mightily to both the confusion and the drama.
“It’s the official position of the United Methodist Church that health care is a human right,” announced United Methodist lobbyist Jim Winkler at a rally outside the court this week. He was surrounded by placards declaring: “People of Faith for Health Care.” Over his shoulder stood the Rev. Bob Edgar, former Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, former chief of the National Council of Churches, ordained United Methodist minister, and now head of the liberal advocacy group Common Cause. “It is a governmental responsibility to provide citizens with health care,” Winkler further intoned. Obamacare is “desperately needed by ordinary Americans,” he insisted. “We believe the Supreme Court and the decision it makes is a reflection of the moral and ethical character of our people.”
For the Religious Left over the last 40 years, it has become standard fare to mystically enshroud every proposed enlargement of the state with divine imperative.
The hypocrisy of the UMC’s leadership on this issue is breathtaking. The UMC supported and lobbied for passage of Obamacare hammer and tongs, so much that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi specifically thanked the UMC for its work in getting the legislation through Congress.
But now, as Obama’s own minister once said, the chickens are coming home to roost.
Gotta love poetic justice.