Religious Exemptions Under Obamacare: Muslims Exempted?

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly referred to as Obamacare, has provisions allowing individuals who are members of certain religious groups to opt out of the required mandates contained in the legislation. If an exemption is granted, the person will not be hit with a penalty, or tax, as the Supreme Court of the United States called it, if they do not obtain health insurance as required by the PPACA.

One of the more interesting rumors floating around the Internet is that Muslims will not be required to obtain Obamacare coverage and that those of the Muslim faith were specifically exempted from the mandatory coverage requirements under Obamacare.

Obamacare Exemptions

Section 1311 of the PPACA states certificates allowing an individual to be exempt from the requirements of complying with the mandate, including exemption from the penalty imposed, will be issued to those persons who qualify. Persons who qualify for such exemption are those who are already exempt from paying social security taxes and from acquiring other forms of insurance.

Section 1402(g) of the Internal Revenue Code states a person who is a member of a recognized religious sect may apply for an exemption. The sect, or a subdivision of that sect, must be opposed, as a matter of conscience, to accepting benefits from public or private insurance that makes payments upon the happening of certain events such as death, disability, old age or retirement. Exemptions are also granted from insurance that provides medical benefits such as Medicare.

In order to qualify, the religious sect must be an established religion; it must have been in existence since at least December 31, 1950.

As long as these conditions are met, the applicant will be exempted from payments and benefits paid under programs such as Social Security that are required by law. Persons who are exempt can apply to be exempt from the mandatory requirements of the PPACA.

Religious Sects Exempt under the Internal Revenue Code

Christian Scientists are the only religious group specifically mentioned in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But the legislation makes it clear that those who have obtained exemptions from paying for other forms of insurance, including Social Security, under the Internal Revenue Code can apply to be exempt from the Obamacare mandate and will be entitled to such exemption.

The largest group holding exemptions under the Internal Revenue Code are Anabaptists—Mennonites, Hutterites and the Amish. Members of these religions believe it is their community that should be responsible to assist those who fall ill or who suffer as a result of death, disability or old age. Members are not required to make payments towards Social Security, Medicare, or any other form of private or public insurance and are consequently not entitled to collect benefits.

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  1. firespirit3 says:

    LARRY KUDLOW AS WELL AS WALL STREET JOURNAL PRONOUNCE OBAMACARE DEAD!!!!!!

  2. firespirit3 says:

    SENATE BILL HR 3590 pgs 273-274

    YOU ASK IRS FOR NOTHING BARRYS A MUSLIM THEREFORE HE EXEMPTED MUSLIMS ITS IN THE LAW!

    Muslims believe that health insurance is “haraam”,
    or forbidden; because they liken the ambiguity and probability of
    insurance to gambling. This belief excludes them from any of the
    requirements, mandates, or penalties set forth in the bill. Other
    excluded groups include Amish, American Indians, and Christian
    Scientists.

  3. firespirit3 says:

    Thats pretty funny since its in the bill
    Senate Bill, H.R. 3590, pages 273-274…
    Muslims consider it a haraam and ARE EXEMPTED AS STATED IN THE BILL!! as well as AMISH and Christian Scientists,,CAIR is your source huh LOLOLOL guess anyone can write a column

    • FactCheck says:

      I think you’re quoting from articles you’ve read online – not the actual text of the bill, which you’ll find right here. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3590enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr3590enr.pdf
      If you hold down your Ctrl key, and hit ‘F’ you’ll open a search box. Type in ‘muslim’ or ‘haraam’ in that box. You won’t find either.

      • firespirit3 says:

        SENATE HR BILL 3590 PAGES 273 ,274 MUSLIMS ARE EXEMPT AS ARE AMERICAN INDIANS AMISH AND CHRISTIAN SCIENTOLOGIST..Get over fake presentation Cass Sunstein OFA Troll!

    • this is a Science site ? & they are the experts on the O-care bill ?
      really ? LOL..
      they go to CAIR for their information ? and state it as fact ?
      that is too funny…
      it’s the fox guarding the hen house ..

  4. wolfen244 says:

    Muslims. Figures since Obama is a muslim.

  5. The people who spread that rumor are mentally disturbed and still shocked from the 9/11/2001 attacks. The people who spread are not normal.

    • They’ve got BMWH syndrome. Which translates to “BLACK MAN WHITE HOUSE”. Ya know, it is pretty funny to listen to them talk, they just are unreal, and I’ve got about five of them in my family. They come off with stuff that two seconds on google disproves, and they just don’t care. “KENYA DIDN”T EXIST WHEN OBAMA WAS BORN” – or so they’ll claim. Really? Two seconds on google shows up historical maps far earlier with KENYA right there in Africa where it belongs. And so forth. Yes, they are disturbed. And when there’s a Republican in office, he can just do any fool thing, and they are right there cheering and swearing that you are a traitor to point out any flaws in his actions – like Bush’s trillion dollar cost to the taxpayer “elderly drug” scam. Or his “you cannot cross the border to fill a prescription for your own safety” insanity. And then there was his flat statement “The Constitution is not a suicide pact” in reference to the very domestic spying programs in sections 214 and 215 of the Patriot Act – which I was a traitor to question in any way. And now they say it’s all Obama all the time. Really!

      • Kelley Darley says:

        MadSat, relying on Google as your source of education is your first mistake. Kenya was a colony of Britain until 1964. Kenya existed prior to 1964 but it was officially called a protectorate of Great Britain. No formal Kenyan government existed and therefore any legal birth place would have been the British Protectorate. As far as your references to Bush being a Republican, there’s where your second mistake begins. Bush was a moderate, at best. Even somewhat left-leaning. But the “left” has considered him a “far right” conservative, which he was not. Therefore, putting anyone to the left of Bush appropriately puts them on the far left, and certainly not anywhere close to the center, as some would believe Obama is. This belief has shifted the line of liberalism and conservatism to the left. Bush grew govt more than any president in history and created more debt (except Obama) than any president. Thus, making him more liberal than Bill Clinton. So, please, consider Bush a moderate Republican, not a conservative Republican. If he had been a conservative, our country would have been in much better shape when Obama took office, and may have offered a much more appropriate replacement far more worthy than John McCain.

      • firespirit3 says:

        SENATE HR BILL 3590 MUSLIMS AMISH NATIVE AMERICANS AND CHRISTIAN SCIENTOLOGIST EXEMPT PAGES 273 TO 274…THE NAME FACT CHECK IS A PAID OFA TROLL LIKE REDROVER..pure fact

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