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Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate? – American Thinker Blog

March 31, 2010

Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate?

March 24, 2010

The Senate health care bill just signed contains some exemptions to the “pay-or-play” mandate requiring purchase of Obamacare-approved health insurance or payment of a penalty fine. As Fox News has pointed out, for instance, the Amish are excused from the mandate:

So while most Americans would be required to sign up with insurance companies or government insurance plans, the church would serve as something of an informal insurance plan for the Amish.

Law experts say that kind of exemption withstands scrutiny.

“Here the statute is going to say that people who are conscientiously opposed to paying for health insurance don’t have to do it where the conscientious objection arises from religion,” said Mark Tushnet a Harvard law professor. “And that’s perfectly constitutional.”

Apparently, this exemption will apply similarly to believers in Islam, which considers health insurance – and, for that matter, any form of risk insurance – to be haraam (forbidden).

Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light calls our attention to the probability that Muslims will also be expempt. According to a March 23 publication on an authoritative Islamic Web site managed by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, various fatwas (religious decrees) absolutely forbid Muslim participation in any sort of health care or other risk insurance:

via American Thinker Blog: Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate?.

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2 Comments
  1. Ziffie permalink
    March 31, 2010 9:55 AM

    Insurance is not what is promulgated by Obamacare, and this fact ought to make a difference in applicability of the law. Health “assurance”, instead, is what we get with this law.

    Insurance is a free market product created by a pool of self-selected risk-takers who choose to pay a premium in order to receive a benefit, usually cash, if an unlikely, risky event occurs to them. There is an element of gambling in decisions around extent of coverage vs liklihood of the event vs amount of the premium.

    Assurance is a benefit guaranteed to everybody for payment of a fee set by the government. There is no gambling. The “pool” may not deny anybody “admission” for any reason. There is no risk, no free market, no uncertainty. I do not foresee any Muslims opting out of Obamacare. Health assurance is not a gamble, so should not be haraam.

  2. RUSSELL permalink
    April 25, 2010 10:29 AM

    Anyone that is an American citizen and is forced to buy Obamacare,then religion is not an issue. If you use that excuse to get out of buying Obamacare then you should only be able to go to an Amish,Muslim,Islamic Doctor or Hospital that is run and owned by these Religions and they can not recieve any type of Government AID. You are either an AMERICAN and not a African,Latin or Mexican American. There is only one kind of United States citizen and that is an AMERICAN CITIZEN.

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