My first thought after reading the headline of an article in the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times was, “I’m gonna become Amish.”
The headline: Amish families exempt from insurance mandate.
Delving into the article, I learned that the health care reform legislation now floating through the halls of Congress does not specify that members of the Amish community are the only ones who will be exempt. In fact, the provision could apply to other groups.
The article mentioned Old Order Mennonites and perhaps Christian Scientists by name, but I suspect members of other denominations — Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Muslims et al — will experience “health care awakenings” in the near future and and decide they, too, wish to exercise “religious conscience” and, in turn, receive the same break as the Amish.
In the case of the Amish, according to the article, the religious conscience exemption stems from the fact that, among other things, the Amish “generally rely upon a community ethic that disdains government assistance.”
If you’ve read a newspaper, watched television, listened to the radio or surfed the web lately, you’ve heard of people protesting against government-run health care. I have, and I’m willing to bet that most of those protesters would say they, too, generally rely upon a community ethic that disdains government assistance.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
There’s a giant loophole in the government-run health care legislation Democrats are trying to force down the throats of the American people. It allows people of faith to be exempt from the so-called “ObamaCare.” So, I say, let it pass!
That’s right! Stop the protests, stop calling your elected officials, and just let it pass!
As soon as it passes, declare your religious freedom!
No buggy required!