Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Muslims & Others Exempt from Health Care Mandate
Evidently the Amish and Muslims, American Indians and Christian Scientists are exempt from the new healthcare mandate, and any penalty.
On pages 273-274 of the new Healthcare bill it states that people of "religious sects and divisions," are exempt.
EXEMPTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.
-In the case of an individual who is seeking an exemption certificate under section 1311(d)(4)(H) from any requirement or penalty imposed by section 5000A, the following information:
In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual's status as a member of an exempt religious sect or division, as a member of a health care sharing ministry, as an Indian, or as an individual eligible for a hardship exemption, such information as the Secretary shall prescribe."
Senate Bill, H.R. 3590, pages 273-274
Here is a fatwa and clarification from a Muslim website in English on the Islamic law regarding medical insurance:
"The fact that the state makes insurance compulsory does not make it permissible; rather the burden of sin is waived from the person or company who is obliged to do that. As for the broker company which is doing this work by choice, it is guilty of sin.
"The same applies to the person who works in the insurance company or broker company; he is doing this work by choice, but this work is not permissible for him, because it is directly helping in sin...
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (15/251):
"Firstly: Commercial insurance of all types is haraam because it involves ambiguity, riba, uncertainty, gambling and consuming people's wealth unlawfully, and other shar'i reservations.
"Secondly: It is not permissible for the Muslim to get involved with insurance companies by working in administration or otherwise, because working in them comes under the heading of cooperating in sin and transgression, and Allaah forbids that as He says: "but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment."
There you have it.
Wait a minute - can we as Christians or Jews or.......claim exemption on religious grounds? hmmmm
More at Changing Worldviews
Sign Up for my Free Email Newsletter
Follow me on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter