Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What Goes Clop, Clop, Clop...Bzzz?

Amish folks galloping past the Individual Mandate, that's what:

"The Amish, as well as some other religious sects, are covered by a "religious conscience" exemption, which allows people with religious objections to insurance to opt out of the mandate."

As we noted last month, "some faiths have rather unusual definitions of "health care," which could lead to folks being forced (on pain of jail time) to buy coverage which don't serve their needs, or even go against their beliefs." That post specifically cited Christian Scientists (the faith, not physicists adorned with "WWJD" bracelets) as one such group. Now it turns out that other religious folks can duck the "insurance-or-jail" requirement.

Or maybe not:

"A professor and lawyer at Yeshiva University in New York complained last summer that exempting groups for religious reasons could run afoul of the Constitution."

An interesting speculation, especially as the lawyer in question also notes that "the Amish do buy vehicle insurance," which some folks liken (erroneously) to health insurance.

I think the bigger picture is that the mandate itself is clearly unconstitutional, "religious exemptions" or no.
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