A religious alternative to ObamaCare is attracting some new members.

A growing number of Christians are signing up for health care sharing ministries, faith-based organizations that allow people to avoid parts of Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Jonathan Serrie reported on "Happening Now" that these organizations are not insurance companies and offer no guarantee of payment. Instead, members help pay other members' medical expenses

"A health care sharing ministry (HCSM) provides a health care cost sharing arrangement among persons of similar and sincerely held beliefs,” the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries states on its website. "HCSMs are not-for-profit religious organizations acting as a clearinghouse for those who have medical expenses and those who desire to share the burden of those medical expenses."

Members are exempt from having to pay penalties under ObamaCare, which is driving much of the growth of the organizations.

Some members opt out of ObamaCare because of its provisions for certain types of birth control methods, while others say they simply prefer sharing their health care costs with other people of their faith tradition.

"Our organization allows an individual to comply with the law in a legal way, but do it in a way that often is more affordable and often doesn't violate their conscience," Christian Care Ministry CEO Tony Meggs explained.

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