Many of the healthcare reform bills under consideration include an individual mandate. If you don’t purchase health insurance you pay a fee. For the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Health Committee, this penalty would be up to $750. The House Version would assess the fee as 2.5 percent of adjusted gross income over a certain level ($18,700 for a couple). However, in all cases, individuals with religious objections would be exempt from these penalties from not purchasing insurance.
Will Obama’s healthcare reform efforts produce a religious revival? It’s doubtful, but the number of people who claim to have religious objections to avoid compliance with the individual mandate will rise.