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The Amish get hosed

July 19, 2008

I’m fuming over this story in the Wall Street Journal, from June 28, 2008. It’s a tale of Old Order Mennonite and Amish communities in the American northeast, and how their dependence on their own community rather than outside help may lead to bankruptcy. The story explains a lot about what’s wrong with American Medicine—and how well-intentioned policies can have vast and unjust consequences.

Many of these groups shun modern conveniences like electricity and cars. They believe their community should be self-sufficient. Every member of the community supports each other in times of health and sickness. They reject government aid, social security, government-subsidized healthcare, and health insurance. They do not reject modern health-care—in fact, it is a religious imperative to seek health care when someone is ill, and (contrary to propaganda from anti-vaccine sites) they do immunize their children and seek modern medical care when appropriate. And as with other goods and services, they expect to pay for it.