Much has been written and said about the recently passed national health-care legislation in the United States. I'm wondering how it will affect my freedom to rely on my own prayers, on spiritual treatment from Christian Science practitioners, and on having the assistance of Christian Science nurses. I understand that the details of how the law applies to Christian Scientists in this country haven't been fully worked out yet, but can you comment on how we in the Field might be shaping our thoughts and prayers about potential alternatives such as either asking to opt out of the program or the possibility that spiritual care can be covered in some way by health insurance?
Following are four perspectives on these health-care issues, each arrived at through prayer.
A1 I feel best when I take my personal views on mandated health insurance and its possible alternatives for spiritual healing (whether an accommodation or an opt-out). and make them subservient to what I know about God and His purpose in Christian Science, which is destined to save the whole world from sin and disease.