New law doesn’t control Christian health plans

In this photo provided by Bob Niles, Bob Niles is pictured with his wife Karen Niles, right, following one of her surgeries. The brain tumor came back. An ugly mass growing in plain view threatened Karen Niles’ remaining eye. She needed more surgery. This time, however, her medical plan wouldn’t pay. It sounds like one of those insurance “horror stories” that President Barack Obama hammered home during the fierce debate to pass his health care overhaul. Except Niles’ plan ended up as the beneficiary of a rare exemption to the new law _ a waiver highlighted in the plan’s promotional materials. The plan didn’t come from an insurer, but from a religious “health care sharing ministry.” Consumer advocates call them a gamble. (AP Photo/Bob Niles Family Photo)

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