THERE ARE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS FROM PURCHASING HEALTH INSURANCE
by Moody Adams
There are "religious exemptions" for purchasing the new health insurance.
Section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adds a new chapter to the Internal Revenue Code mandating all "applicable" individuals either obtain health insurance that meets the bill's "minimum essential coverage" standards or pay a penalty on tax day.
But section 1501 also carries a pair of "religious exemptions" that allows the Amish to avoid the mandate but require Muslims and other religious objectors to purchase health insurance.
Section 1501 also spells out these exceptions, in the health care bill is not "applicable" to: illegal aliens, foreign nationals and incarcerated prisoners, etc. The extreme poor and members of Indian tribes, while not exempt from the requirement, are nonetheless excused from paying the penalty for not having the insurance..