The United States house of representatives is learning a trick from Anti-gay bakers. By adding religious exemptions to the healthcare mandate in Obamacare they can rally their religious base to not accept the new health exchanges.
According to CQ Roll Call, individuals seeking a religious exemption from the individual mandate would be required in their tax returns to include sworn statements that note:
- Their “sincerely held religious beliefs” make them object to medical care; and
- They were not covered under any sort of health coverage during the year. Read more from Californiahealthline.org
Read The Full text of HR 1814 here
Where have we heard “sincerely held religious beliefs before?”
+1 to Bachman for using the “Respect both sides” debate.
The Huffington Post wrote a great piece about how this phrase is terrorizing America.
“Laws that say we can pick and choose whom we work with based on our “sincerely held religious beliefs” are dangerous to our society. These bills promote further division at a time when America is already deeply divided, and they encourage self-segregation into isolated communities that only serve people with whom we are “sincerely” compatible.”
This rhetorical tool is so effective in Christian mainstream america that it’s crippling debate on all sorts of issues.