With approval ratings plummeting, House Republicans have started work this week on an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. A copy of the GOP draft, which is designed to harness the power of prayer, was accidentally left on the floor of a beltway Chipotle.
House Bill 1484 dubbed the “Single Prayer” Plan, will probably be introduced as soon as some of the anger directed at Republicans over the government shutdown subsides.
To be sure, early testing of the system has revealed some glitches, but that can be forgiven after what we’ve seen with the healthcare.gov website. The glitches first came to light earlier this week when Pat Robertson told a mother she was doing something wrong when her prayers didn’t “cure” her son of deafness.
After all, Robertson himself has healed deafness before, he said on the 700 Club today. Responding to a question from a mother who asked why her hearing impaired son hasn’t been healed despite her prayers, Robertson said that her son may be hindered by a “spirit of deafness.”
“I have dealt with people who are deaf and you rebuke the spirit of deafness and they get healed,” Robertson said. “I don’t know what you’re doing wrong.”
“Why don’t you try that and if it doesn’t work, try something else,” he said.
However, leading GOP intellect Michelle Bachmann was quick to defend the Single Prayer proposal, saying her own “pray away the gay” clinic had been largely a positive experience for those it treated.
Here in Montana, Republicans are expected to endorse the proposal. In the 2013 legislature were so confident in religious treatment centers that they decided such places needn’t be regulated. During the session, they declined to regulate religious boarding schools even as reports of child abuse and neglect at the institutions made national news.
A Montana doctor who charged patients patients for praying over them closed a few years back after federal investigators raided it.
It is not yet known whether Montana TEA Party Congressman Steve Daines is a co-sponsor of the “Single Prayer” bill.