The American Conservative Union (ACU) puts on its Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in our nation’s capital each year. Liberty HealthShare representatives attended this year’s CPAC convention February 25-28, 2015 as exhibitors. While CPAC is a highly charged political event, Liberty HealthShare wants to help influence policy makers and public figures about the needs of healthcare sharing members in a non-partisan, non-political way. Liberty HealthShare especially made inroads with legislators requesting that they give equal status under the law to healthcare sharing for employee benefits, health savings accounts, and self-employed deductions.
“We discussed healthcare policy with numerous think tanks and candidates,” Executive Director Dale Bellis reports. “I also had the opportunity to represent healthcare sharing to the media onsite. They need to know and report accurately about our values based healthcare. We share medical bills because it’s the right thing to do, not just because it’s more affordable. In fact, there is an intersection between spiritual values, healthy living, and reduced healthcare costs. We want the mainstream to know about us!” Liberty HealthShare representatives spoke to numerous potential candidates including Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, and Rand Paul. Dale Bellis was interviewed by CNN, the Washington Times, and numerous local and regional radio shows.
In every possible setting, Liberty HealthShare staff and administration will continue to advocate for self-pay patients who share medical bills in a way that reflects their ethical and religious beliefs.