5 responses to Another look at the Amish and health insurance
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    Amy Scott
    Another look at the Amish and health insurance (January 12th, 2010 at 10:37)

    My Amish neighbors use Medicaid for their healthcare.

    I asked them what “brand” of Amish their church is, but they didn’t know.

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    toddgrotenhuis
    Another look at the Amish and health insurance (January 12th, 2010 at 12:17)

    IMO, if non-Constantinian believers wish to have a true peace witness, they shouldn’t be supporting any programs ultimately enforced by violence (which is all government programs).

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    Mike
    Another look at the Amish and health insurance (January 12th, 2010 at 17:21)

    http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20100109/NEWS02/301099964

    The Amish, in effect, go to bat for like-minded people. They take issues like this to SCOTUS and win, so lawmakers learn to write exemptions in the bill. Of course they will not make an Amish-only exemption, which would be discriminatory. However in some ways, like the social security exemption, the Amish are almost the only people who really qualify.

    It will probably be a fuzzy loophole that some people will exploit if they can.

    Personally I think the SS exemption is fine if the government chooses to offer it. As a Mennonite I used to be SS exempt until about a year ago when I faced the fact that I no longer could honestly say I qualified for the exemption.

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    Matthew
    Another look at the Amish and health insurance (January 13th, 2010 at 07:26)

    Erik,

    If the legislation passes without an exemption, and an exemption cannot be obtained, I can potentially see the more “conservative” Amish groups moving to South America, as others have already done in the past 25 or so years. They came here two hundred years ago to escape persecution and obtain religious freedom, and I believe history may very well repeat itself again.

    -Matthew

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    John
    Another look at the Amish and health insurance (August 13th, 2013 at 01:37)

    NO ONE should have to pay a penalty to opt out!!! It is unconstitutional to force us to buy a service from a private company or pay a fine!! It would be no different than having to pay a fine if you won’t buy a new Cadillac every year! Why do you think it would be ok for the government to punish people who do not want or need a certain service provided by private companies by taking money from them to subsidize that service for others?? America is not a socialist country!!! It is already bad enough that NYS has a mandatory surcharge (aka “fine”) for paying a hospital bill in cash instead of through an insurance company!! We should get a discount, not a surcharge!! This country is going downhill very very fast! Anyone who thinks it would be ok to impose a fine for not buying health insurance is not a true american and should get the heck out of our country!

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    Delaware Amish, Shady Maple, an Amish business talk, taxes, and the disaster in Poland | Amish America Another look at the Amish and health insurance (April 12th, 2010 at 04:58)

    […] They do, as Brad Igou explains here (and like any other true-blooded Americans, they also complain about paying them, especially property taxes, which, with large acreage, can be high).  They do not participate in Social Security, however, which they view as a form of insurance.  Brad examines this issue, one which I touched on in a post on the Amish and health insurance. […]

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