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Obamacare Offers Religious Exemption

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 17, 2012

During President Obama’s sales pitch to the Country for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, the President claimed various attributes for the program.  One incredible claim was that millions of additional Americans would receive healthcare coverage without increasing the overall cost for healthcare.  Since then, the cost of healthcare insurance has increased by about $2.500 per person with a portion of the increase caused by Obamacare mandates.

Beginning in 2014, Obamacare requires that Americans obtain health insurance or pay a monthly fine that Supreme Court has labeled a tax.  One proof statement as to Obamacare’s hidden costs and problems is the hundreds of exemptions the Administration has given to companies and unions with political clout in Washington.  Such exemptions would not be required had the program fulfilled the promises made by the President.

Obamacare may also involve significant exemptions based on religious beliefs.  The Bill includes a general “religious conscience” exception that while based on the interpretation in the tax code, is still to be fully defined.  This exemption may be applicable to the Amish, Christian Scientists and Scientologists.  In addition, the Koran prohibits some insurance products since they are interpreted as having gambling aspects and involve interest charges, both prohibited.  It remains to be seen whether American Muslims will seek exemptions from Obamacare based on an interpretation of the Koran.

When a law is not universally enforced, it lends itself to corruption by those with power of enforcement.  This has already been exemplified by exemptions given on Obamacare.  There are more to come.


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