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TVC Lies About Muslims and Obamacare

On Planet Wingnuttia, no lie ever dies. Even years after a lie is debunked, they will continue to be repeated over and over again. A perfect example is the Traditional Values Coalition, which is still telling its members that Muslims are exempted from having to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Guess what? Muslims don’t have to participate in Obamacare due to “religious exemptions” not extended to Christians! Need evidence? Here you go:

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

Now what’s curious about this tidy little insertion is that it’s primarily designed for religious groups such as the Amish. But add a wrinkle here — for Muslims, modern health care systems are a bit more akin to “gambling” — which is haram or forbidden in Islam.

Every single bit of this is a lie. Muslims do not think health insurance is forbidden, nor are they given exemptions. In fact, as FactCheck pointed out three years ago, nearly all such exemptions go to Christians:

In our article “More Malarkey About Health Care,” we wrote that some religious groups may indeed be considered exempt from the requirement to have health insurance. The law defines exempt groups using the definition from 26 U.S. Code section 1402(g)(1), which describes the religious groups currently considered exempt from Social Security payroll taxes. Eligible sects must forbid any payout in the event of death, disability, old age or retirement, including Social Security and Medicare.

Since we posted our article, we’ve obtained a list through the Freedom of Information Act of all the groups that have successfully applied for exemptions from payroll taxes. (We have posted the Excel file here.) The overwhelming majority of them are explicitly Anabaptist — that is, Mennonite, Amish or Hutterite. Those that don’t specify their denomination are still explicitly Christian. Having gone through the list, we can say with certainty that no Muslim group, and indeed no non-Christian group, has ever qualified for an exemption under the statute used to define exempt religious groups in the health care law.

Nor are they likely to want to, says Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which opposes discrimination and defamation against Muslims. “I’ve never even heard it brought up as an issue,” Hooper told us. “I have health insurance. We give health insurance to our employees. Every Muslim group I know of does the same thing.” Hooper told us that he has seen some Muslims raise religious objections to life insurance, but not health insurance, and that, in fact, providing health coverage is very much in line with Islamic ideals of social justice.

But being a wingnut means never, ever admitting you’re wrong. Or that you’re just plain lying.

Comments

  1. says

    Being a wingnut means you take anything ever said on the internet as the gospel truth … as long as it confirms what you want to believe. And since nothing ever is removed from the web …

  2. dan4 says

    Even if the overall claim was true, how would it be a “wrinkle” that it applies to Muslims as well as to the Amish?

  3. Mr Ed says

    I don’t think that being true is the point, it sounds true and conforms to preconceived notions so it is as good if not better than being true.

  4. dingojack says

    So the world should be rid of all those pesky Americans in another 312 years or more.
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    Dingo
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    The CDC notes that in 2010 there were 2,468,435 deaths in America. Does this mean ‘Obamacare’ increased mortality by about 50% (and nobody except a lone wingnut on the Grassy Knoll noticed) or that it actually reduced the mortality to under 50% of the normal rate?

  5. says

    ” In fact, as FactCheck pointed out three years ago, nearly all such exemptions go to Christians:”

    Ah ha! “Nearly”. It looks like the Muslins are horning in on Christian Privilege. Those monsters!

  6. mill says

    Even so, I’m not thrilled that the religious exemption clause is there at all. Seems like just another way in which beliefs about the supernatural are given preferential treatment to beliefs about real, tangible things. Why should you be given more options just because of what you believe? Everybody is legally obliged to buy insurance, but these guys over here get a pass because they believe in magic? Seems like bullshit to me.

    On the other hand, the whole health care insurance mandate is at best a well-meaning but legally and constitutionally questionable act in the first place, so maybe it’s not so much a case of closing the loophole as widening it. But then the bill becomes meaningless. And in the absence of anything better, I wouldn’t suggest gutting the only mild progress that’s been made on the healthcare issue in decades. Rock, meet hard place.

  7. imthegenieicandoanything says

    Being “conservative” these days now means being in the willing service of evil, whether due to one’s stupidity, ignorance, insanity or simple admiration for evil.

    Being a Teabagger means that one is stupid, ignorant, AND insane – and proud of it.

  8. says

    dan4, Mr Ed doesn’t think that [to them] being true is the point, but rather that it sounds true [to them] and conforms to [their] preconceived notions, so it is as good [to them] if not better than being true.

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