Comments from its subscribers:
Here's a quote from its CEO:
“As a Christian, I felt it was not right to leave our members hanging out like that. I can’t tell you how many times since then I have sobbed about all those tens of thousands of families who are without the means to pay their medical bills. For many of them, I’m sure it destroyed their lives.”
Joe Guarino has since been convicted of fraud and ordered to pay back $4.7m.
Sharity’s site said its programs “provide an affordable and effective faith-driven health care option for those who believe in individual responsibility, healthy living, and carrying one another’s medical burdens” and cost about half the price of typical health insurance. Members had to sign a Christian faith commitment and agree to abstain from risky behaviors.