The Health Care Bill Contains A Religious Exemption Which Will Enable The Amish To Avoid The Requirement To Purchase Health Insurance – 10 Ideas For How The Rest Of Us Get In On That Action

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AmishUnder the health care reform bill that the Democrats are cramming down the throats of the American people, will all Americans be required to purchase health insurance?  No.  It turns out that there is a “religious conscience” exemption in the health care reform bill that will enable the Amish, as well as a number of other religious groups, to opt out of the mandate to purchase health insurance.  So will the rest of us be able to get in on this action?

This “religious conscience” exemption is in both the House and the Senate versions of the health care reform bill.  Thus it is almost certain to make it into the final version of the bill unless there are some dramatic last minute objections.

So why do the Amish want to be able to opt out of this system?  Well, the reality is that most Amish are disgusted by any type of government assistance.  In most Amish societies, families and neighbors take care of one another.  The thought of participating in a government-run health care system is totally repugnant to them.

But it is not only the Amish that will benefit from this provision.  Other groups such as Old Order Mennonites and Christian Scientists could benefit as well.

So what about the rest of us?

Can the rest of us get in on this action?

If the Amish can opt out of the requirement to purchase health insurance, they why can’t average, hard-working Americans?

Or do we need to invent a religion first?

If so, here are a few potential ideas for new religions which might work…..


*The National Organization of “I don’t want none of that Obama health care mess”


*The Universal Belief That Brittney Spears Will Heal All Of Our Diseases So We Don’t Need Health Insurance Religion And Poker Club


*The “I live in my mother’s basement so I can’t afford your insurance in the first place” meditation center and lounge

*The “You can take your death panels and you can stick them where the sun don’t shine” center for peace, love and forgiveness

*The “This bill is so bad I’d rather trust my health care to Tom Cruise than to Obama” meditation center and herbal tea discussion group

*The “I grew a beard so I am Amish too” social club

*The “Being conservative is a religion because every day we pray that Obama will get voted out in 2012” 12-step group

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  • portamenteff

    I’m starting the “taxes are evil” religion.

  • Everyone is always welcome at the “Torches and Pitchforks Spiritual Center”…

  • Just saying…

    At the risk of being labeled – there is some substance to the idea of people having the freedom to start a religion that is based on principles not in line with current traditional medical practices, many of which are extremely harmful, known to kill people and misrepresented by the very “professionals” that we are supposed to trust. As a long term organic food eater (and gardener), a self-studied alternative medicine consumer and someone who has an ongoing disease that traditional medicine could not diagnose (I had to go to a so called “quack” to get a diagnosis that finally persuaded another doctor to do a specific blood test to find my problem). Now I am treated by an M.D. who is a Naturopathic Doctor by practice. No insurance taken.

  • Joe

    Funny as hell!! But seriously, since I’m “in between” relgions I am considering becoming a Christian Scientist. I know it’s crap, but a long time ago I read a book by Mary Baker Eddy, and they have a reading room down the street from me.

  • Greg Scott

    It is funny, but are we missing the bigger picture? Amendment 1 of the Constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The merits or failures of the plan aside, this law and possibly others before it come close to “an establishment of religion”. Quietly, and in a small way perhaps, this law is an inroad to a greater application of religious law trumping the Constitution. The law is presumably for the public good (This is not my position; I’m arguing against the religious exemption). There can be a public taking of land for the public good regardless of the owner’s religion; parents can be denied the opportunity to harm their children by medical neglect and ‘religion’ is no argument; people are required to pay taxes into a system that is heavily invested in interest and speculation. But in this case, your religious ‘conscience’ means that your religious ‘law’ trumps the law of the land. I don’t think this is what the writers of the first amendment had in mind. The law is NOT designed to prevent the practice of any religion. But shouldn’t all people who live here be subject to the same law, no matter their religion? It make me shudder to think of religious ‘conscience’ trumping our law.

  • It is not only the Amish (etc.) who are exempt. The exemption will include muslim and Islam. They will get free government assistance through the “system”, but will not be required to pay for it (with “Obamacare” insurance – like the rest of us). It is clear, Obama is choosing to represent the REST OF THE WORLD in order to advance his global agenda, instead of choosing to represent MOST of the AMERICAN people.