20 April 2010

The Whitewashed Tea Partiers

Want some health insurance hypocrisy? ‘Course ya do!

Let’s just suppose you’re a typical upstanding, self-righteous Galtista: someone who despises Obama and all his commie buddies; someone who clings desperately to your constitutional right to resist the IRS and the HHS with an AK-47 and a rocket launcher; someone who gets really angry at all the scum-sucking low-life parasites trying to steal your earthly treasures; someone who fervently defends your corporate employer’s right to purchase your health insurance; someone who has gone hoarse screaming about the rights of old people to get all the VA, Medicare, and Social Security benefits they’ve got coming from the feds; and of course you are disgusted that a pinko slob like myself would ever dare to suggest that private health insurance is not a conservative, libertarian, Christian solution to feeding your need for Viagra, Oxycontin, and Lipitor.

Most of all, you claim that all of your political and economic ideology is explicitly based on your devout “Christian” religious beliefs.

Well, the good news is that if you are NOT a hypocrite, you will be released from Obama’s slave markets. You are home free, bud: free to dance around in your camo getup at the next Tea Party rally without any fear that you will be forced into a death camp run by Obama’s Nazi nurses in black latex.

The law creates a religious exemption for those who are members and faithful adherents of a “recognized religious sect or division” with “established tenets or teachings” barring the “acceptance of the benefits of any private or public insurance.”

For individuals who do not belong to a denomination with specific bans on insurance, therefore, personal religious objections will not exempt them from the mandate.

But even for Muslims, who may belong to a sect with clearly established teachings banning insurance, the bill still presents a problem.

For many Muslims, conventional health insurance is considered forbidden, because it is based on a system of uncertain outcomes akin to gambling on the future and the charging of interest.

The health-care reform bill’s language, however, specifically states that for a sect to qualify for the religious exemption, it must fall within the definitions of section 1402(g) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. That section requires a sect to have been in constant existence since at least Dec. 31, 1950, and requires the sect to reject not only insurance but also have sworn off receiving all benefits from the U.S. Social Security system.

According to the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies website, traditional Amish groups may dodge the mandate because they have been exempted from participating in Social Security for decades.

“The Amish viewed it as a form of commercial insurance, which they opposed,” explains the website produced by Elizabethtown College in the Plain People country of Lancaster County, Pa. “They believe that members of the church should care for each others’ physical and material needs. Thus, most of them do not pay into Social Security or receive payments from it. In some states, the Amish have also been exempted from workers compensation (insurance for on-the-job injuries) for the same reason.” Does your faith free you from forced Obamacare?

Oh, I’m sorry . . . you say your Bible is missing the parts about how believers are supposed to care for each other in the local church? Well, Jesus has some choice words for you:

Matt 15:7 “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
Matt 15:8 ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
Matt 15:9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”