5 responses to Amish to avoid health insurance purchase requirement?
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    Mary E
    Comment on Amish to avoid health insurance purchase requirement? (January 4th, 2010 at 10:23)

    read a short article in WSJ that this requirement is unconstitutional- The federal government cannot ‘require’ that citizens of the US be insured for health- only the states have this right (like individual states can require you to buy car insurance-the federal government cannot) It will be interesting to see if this is challenged in the courts-which I suspect it will.

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    Emily
    Comment on Amish to avoid health insurance purchase requirement? (January 4th, 2010 at 16:27)

    Erik, do you know how the Amish in Canada negotiate health care? My understanding is that in Canada, all citizens have access to health care through paying taxes–is this considered “insurance”?

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    Comment on Amish to avoid health insurance purchase requirement? (January 5th, 2010 at 06:49)

    Hi Emily, thanks for the question, it is a good one. I need to dig a bit more as I don’t have an answer offhand, not sure how they divvy up the taxes in Canada and how the Amish fit in exactly…highly doubtful though that they receive benefits even though they may pay in.

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    Comment on Will Amish pay a fine to avoid health insurance requirement? (January 5th, 2010 at 06:32)

    Will Amish pay a fine to avoid health insurance requirement?

    Yes Mary I have seen that point made as well.

    I’m actually a bit skeptical as to whether the Amish will be able to avoid the fine, assuming this goes through. The $750 seems harsh but 2.5% of income potentially much worse for some. As it stands it seems they will have the choice (privilege?) of opting out of insurance, they’ll just have to pay for it, like anyone else would. And if the 2.5% is what ends up in the final bill, that means some (business owners in particular) will pay thousands.

    So they wouldn’t be forced to participate in this situation, as would be the case with Social Security, but they will have to pay penalties in exchange. But who knows what the final legislation will look like and even if it will pass.

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Health Insurance (September 30th, 2011 at 07:58)

    Health Insurance

    I missed this post but would still like to comment on it. Health Insurance in Canada is financed through a payroll tax on all employers paying wages over $400,000 per year. In addition, all personal taxable income over $20,000 us subject to a health insurance component. Attempts are made to keep taxable income under $20,000 wherever possible. If this is not possible, then it is just paid as part of income tax. Most do not make use of the OHIP plan but all have some kind of church sponsored way of helping pay hospital bills.

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