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October 22, 2013 - 11:24 am

The Affordable Care Act runs more than 2,600 pages and now hundreds of thousands of regulations. No one knows every single provision that is in the law, which Congress did not even bother to read before passing it. Among its most controversial provisions is the mandate forcing Americans to purchase health insurance or face fines from the IRS. Those fines can even take the form of wage garnishment. Americans who fail to comply and pay the fine can end up in jail.

There is, though, a provision buried in Obamacare that provides a way out of having to comply with the individual mandate. Pages 107 and 128 of Obamacare stipulate that members of “healthcare sharing ministries” are exempt from the individual mandate.

Healthcare sharing ministries are non-profit entities created to allow Christians to pay into a fund and then tap that fund when they need to pay medical expenses. So there’s one catch — you have to be meet the healthcare sharing group’s membership requirements to join, and as ministries they maintain that you must be a Christian regularly attending church before you can become a member.

Healthcare sharing ministries can approve and decline claims, and rates can increase or decrease over the life of a policy. Some do not require physical exams before joining and do not turn down people with pre-existing conditions.

There’s a second catch. Obamacare stipulates that the healthcare sharing ministry must have been in continuous operation since December 31, 1999. Enterprising ministries can’t just go out and build a new healthcare ministry and advertise it as an ark to escape Obamacare’s flood of regulations and higher premiums. Atheists cannot go out and build a non-religious alternative, either. Perhaps the president’s non-believing supporters should take this up with him. Maybe he’ll grant them a waiver, as he has already granted to unions and corporations. The arbitrary December 31, 1999 start date seems unfair, but so is much of Obamacare.

Because they are Christian ministries, healthcare sharing ministries also provide a means to escape another controversial Obamacare mandate, which forces Americans who object to contraception and abortion to pay for those services through their healthcare. But Christian-owned businesses, such as Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A, cannot become corporate members of healthcare sharing ministries.

At the present time, only three healthcare sharing ministries make the cut and provide an exemption to Obamacare: Samaritan Ministries, Christian Healthcare Ministries and Medi-Share. Having looked over the websites of all three, one thing is immediately clear: Unlike Healthcare.gov, their websites actually work.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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its hard to believe, and 6 years ago you would never have convinced me:

1. Americans would look the other way and let an unknown submit obviously forged documents to congress and nobody, nobody in that august' body have the balls to even question one of them.

2. Americans would stand by and let a known four-flushing, lying fraud force the people to destroy their way of life on an unproven pile o'chit (0-care)designed to destroy same. exemptions for all as required by his turdness.

3. Americans would let congress push something like this monstrosity on everybody, to all our harm, w/o even reading it, much less understanding all the corrupt laws contained within same.

4. Americans would let this corrupter and his halfwit affirmative action created minions break law after law and abuse our constitution the way they do.

what a pile of chit this whole country's politicians have become. I guess the one about sleeping w/dogs applies to associating w/ piles o'chit too. the odor lingers, I hope forever.

next we get overrun w/ 3rd world, uneducated illegals made legal. oh well, most amerikans don't appear to be very educated anyway. I give this country about 2 more years to self destruct, thus the need for a brown shirt army of more a.a. dumbed down halfwits and the destruction of our military.

news: 42,000 military personnel to be dismissed in the next ...
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Obamacare stipulates that the healthcare sharing ministry must have been in continuous operation since December 31, 1999.

I think that's because the ObamaCare website is not Y2K-compliant... so it can't handle dates before 2000.
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Medi-share is indeed a unique program for providing assistance with medical care, but unlike health insurance programs this route uses blatant discrimination to prevent certain individuals from benefiting from its service. Mychristiancare.org specifically points out that only those engaging in sexual intercourse within a “Christian” marriage are allowed to join. This immediately eliminates gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals from enrolling in Medi-share. The program also places limits on services it covers based upon religious beliefs and states specifically that abortions will not be covered under any circumstance.

To be clear, Medi-share is not an insurance program. Medi-share operates as a non-profit group and while members pay into a group fund each month, the money is never Medi-share’s money. Furthermore, Medi-share is not required to pay any bill, nor keep cash reserves on hand.REF:::http://www.newsonhealthcare.com/how-does-medishare-work/
1 year ago
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there are no fines for not buying insurance they are being TAXED.

Can we stop with fines, the supreme court told us it is a TAX


And can we stop with the word subsidy, That means that someone else is going to be TAXED to pay for this, and if you haven't noticed if you have a cadillac plan, based on this Admin.'s numbers you will have an excise tax of 40% to subsidize those that don't make as much or chose differently.
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Apparently Obama is anti-Semitic. I mean clearly the real reason Jewish coops aren't included is he thinks all Jews are rich and don't need it.

Years ago an Austrian actor named Walter Slezak was asked an inane question by a reporter -"What is the difference between Germans and Austrians" - and he answered "In World War 2 Germans were Nazi's - Austrians always were and still are.

This is no small point by the way. Hitler wanted a German-Austrian empire and he knew full well that Austrian nationalism would oppose it - undoubtedly even Nazi Austrians who were no less Nationalistic in favor of Austria.

So Hitler's extermination of us Jews gave Hitler a popularity with ordinary Austrian people so he could ride the wave of a cult hero as he actually did what the Austrians hoped for and had been hoping for and dreaming for forever.

So I guess the gross religious prejudices of this rotten administration will not end until ordinary Democrats say "Not in my name"

And once more a Leviathan rears his head both spouting fire and hatred and pleading for understanding at the same time.
1 year ago
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Seriously? There's supposed to be separation of church and state, but only *Christian* ministries are eligible? How's that work?
1 year ago
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Muslims are exempt too. So are Amish. Talk about the two most opposite groups on earth!
1 year ago
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Come to think of it, Jesus Christ IS the Son of God and my personal savior.
1 year ago
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I looked into MediShare because a few yrs ago when my family & I were forced onto COBRA. At the time, it was very reasonably priced compared to COBRA. While they officially say it does not work like health insurance, shhhh, it really does. (The same in-network doctors & hospitals. They use insurance companies as administrators of the required "offering"-- ie premiums)And you really do have to be a practicing Christian or a Catholic which is a Christian. A letter from your pastor that say you are is required. I would definitely use it & will when my Cadillac insurance premiums go through the roof & beyond.
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its hard to believe, and 6 years ago you would never have convinced me:

1. Americans would look the other way and let an unknown submit obviously forged documents to congress and nobody, nobody in that august' body have the balls to even question one of them.

2. Americans would stand by and let a known four-flushing, lying fraud force the people to destroy their way of life on an unproven pile o'chit (0-care)designed to destroy same. exemptions for all as required by his turdness.

3. Americans would let congress push something like this monstrosity on everybody, to all our harm, w/o even reading it, much less understanding all the corrupt laws contained within same.

4. Americans would let this corrupter and his halfwit affirmative action created minions break law after law and abuse our constitution the way they do.

what a pile of chit this whole country's politicians have become. I guess the one about sleeping w/dogs applies to associating w/ piles o'chit too. the odor lingers, I hope forever.

next we get overrun w/ 3rd world, uneducated illegals made legal. oh well, most amerikans don't appear to be very educated anyway. I give this country about 2 more years to self destruct, thus the need for a brown shirt army of more a.a. dumbed down halfwits and the destruction of our military.

news: 42,000 military personnel to be dismissed in the next ...
1 year ago
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"...or face fines from the IRS. Those fines can even take the form of wage garnishment. Americans who fail to comply and pay the fine can end up in jail."

Wait, WHAT?!?!?
1 year ago
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sorry no fines by the IRS it is a TAX

can we stop with using fines, and use the proper term. if you don't buy you will be TAXEDS
1 year ago
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Where is Trinity United Church of Christ?
1 year ago
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Obamacare stipulates that the healthcare sharing ministry must have been in continuous operation since December 31, 1999.

I think that's because the ObamaCare website is not Y2K-compliant... so it can't handle dates before 2000.
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