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house Bill H.R. 1201

Should Religious Exemptions to Obamacare’s Individual Mandate be Expanded?

Argument in favor

Obamacare already grants religious exemptions to the individual mandate to individuals whose religious organizations are recognized by the Social Security Administration. This bill merely expands the religious exemptions by allowing individuals to file affidavits stating their beliefs with their annual income tax returns for the last year the individual mandate is in effect.

Larry's Opinion
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07/24/2018
Religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution. No law is permitted to contradict that. So, yes, any part of Obamacare that intrudes on religious freedom is unconstitutional.
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James 's Opinion
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07/24/2018
No one should be forced to buy anything including services. People should not be forced to provide a service that is against their conscience. This is slavery.
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Brian's Opinion
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07/24/2018
Absolutely, Obamacare already grants religious exemptions to the individual mandate to individuals whose religious organizations are recognized by the Social Security Administration. This bill merely expands the religious exemptions by allowing individuals to file affidavits stating their beliefs with their annual income tax returns for the last year the individual mandate is in effect.
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Argument opposed

Allowing individuals to decline health insurance may be dangerous on an individual level, as many illnesses require modern medicine for treatment. Additionally, depending on the number who claim religious exemptions, exempting too many people from the individual mandate may weakness the overall healthcare market by taking too many people out of the system.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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07/24/2018
Religion needs to stay the hell out of government healthcare decisions making period. Christianity especially. I’m sick to death of the hypocrisy of so called Christians being forced down my throat. If they are going to deny services or be granted special services then I believe that they should have to pass a test to be certain they are abiding by ALL tenets of their religion before special status is granted to them. Additionally, I believe that in granting special statuses or privileges it must be shown that this will no way harm or inconvenience other people’s views or convictions. I’ve had enough! Whether it’s insurance, or vaccines, or refusal to treat or women’s reproductive rights, religion needs to stay in the church.
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Griffin's Opinion
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07/24/2018
Religious exemptions should be eliminated, not expanded.
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A.HamsLegacy's Opinion
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07/24/2018
This is just another way to undermine the ACA.
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    Religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution. No law is permitted to contradict that. So, yes, any part of Obamacare that intrudes on religious freedom is unconstitutional.
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    Religion needs to stay the hell out of government healthcare decisions making period. Christianity especially. I’m sick to death of the hypocrisy of so called Christians being forced down my throat. If they are going to deny services or be granted special services then I believe that they should have to pass a test to be certain they are abiding by ALL tenets of their religion before special status is granted to them. Additionally, I believe that in granting special statuses or privileges it must be shown that this will no way harm or inconvenience other people’s views or convictions. I’ve had enough! Whether it’s insurance, or vaccines, or refusal to treat or women’s reproductive rights, religion needs to stay in the church.
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    Religious exemptions should be eliminated, not expanded.
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    This is just another way to undermine the ACA.
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    How many different religions are there and how do you accommodate them all. If religions start getting expanded preferential treatment, maybe they should start paying taxes
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    Religions are already exempt from so much they are just businesses that get away with a bunch of things
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    When they start paying taxes they can have a say
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    No religious exemptions. No religion at all. Separation of Church and State!
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    I do not want my religion to govern your health care and I sure don’t want your religion making decisions on my health care.
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    I'm really sick and tired is these religious exemptions on anything. They didn't
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    This administration has done enough to set womens rights back 50 years.
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    No one should be forced to buy anything including services. People should not be forced to provide a service that is against their conscience. This is slavery.
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    No reference to any religion in any law.
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    Everyone needs healthcare! If you disagree, you're wrong!
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    Short answer: No. Long answer: Noooooooooooooo.
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    Separation of Church and State
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    We need to provide health care that our doctors and other providers have decided is right for our needs. Not based on religious beliefs of others.
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    An Individual adult has the right to refuse medical treat. Taking away medical care from children is child abuse. This expansion will cause this type of violence to occur. The exceptions should be eliminated. I do not want to pay for their medical mess by not having medical coverage when needed which will potentially cause the death of an innocent child. We live in a secular world with multiple religions. There are parts of all religions that are based on culture or ignorance and are wrong. Science and medicine have achieved a very high level of accuracy in dealing with health issues and continually improving. To deny this advancement is the same as still believing the earth is flat!
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    This is nothing but a scam by Congress to further charge the middle class for those irresponsible individuals that would rather spend their money on things that they don’t even need and pass on their health cost to to tax payers. Hospitals by law still have to take care of them so at the end of the day who’s paying for that cost? US!!!!!!
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    Absolutely, Obamacare already grants religious exemptions to the individual mandate to individuals whose religious organizations are recognized by the Social Security Administration. This bill merely expands the religious exemptions by allowing individuals to file affidavits stating their beliefs with their annual income tax returns for the last year the individual mandate is in effect.
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