Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Don't Want To Be Forced Into ObamaCare?

We're All Amish Now!

 A little known provision in both the House and Senate versions of ObamaCare is an exemption for the Amish to exempt themselves from the same government mandates and taxes that ObamaCare would impose on the rest of us!

The Amish and several other lesser known religious sects are covered by a "religious conscience" exemption, which allows people with religious objections to insurance to opt out of the mandate.

The exemption is expected to survive reconciliation negotiations between House and Senate managers into the final version that both are expected to vote on sometime this month.

The Amish consist of several branches, some more conservative than others and rely on a community ethic in which families rely upon each other, communities pitch in to help neighbors, and generally disdain government assistance.

Lawmakers included the exception at the urging of Amish groups which have steadily increased in the New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Iowa states.  Although the legislation does not explicitly name the Amish as a group that would be considered "exempt" from the law, other groups including Christian Scientists, Orthodox Jews and Scientologists may also be able to claim the exemption.

Marci A. Hamilton, who teaches at the University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, wrote at Findlaw.com in August, "If the government can tolerate a religious exemption, then it must do so evenhandedly among religious believers with the same beliefs. This is sheer favoritism for a certain class of religions, or even for one religion."

Congressional aides said the exemption is based on a carve-out the Amish have had from Social Security and Medicare taxes since the 1960s. Whether Amish businesses, however, would fall under the bill's mandates is still an open question.  Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who was a key negotiator on the Senate bill, supports the religious exemption.

Editors Note: Freedom of Religion (and excemption from ObamaCare) For Thee, But Not For Me!  What part of "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercize thereof" does this Congress not understand?

Furthermore, what part of Equal Protection under the law (Tenth Amendment) don't these bozo's get?  At every turn, literally every day yet another Constitutional flaw is found in "ObamaCare." 

When this Obamanation gets to the U.S. Supreme Court (and rest assured, it will ....) the Conservatives that dominate the USSC are going to have a field day picking ObamaCare apart due to its numerous violations of the United States Constitution.

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