The Healthcare Economist predicts a religious revival in 2014. Let me be more specific, in January 2014. How do I know this? Am I a religious man? Has God spoken to me?
Let’s just say I have a certain insight. In 2014, the individual mandate goes into effect. All individuals must buy health insurance or else they will pay a tax penalty to the federal government. Well…not all individuals. Certain people with religious objections would not have to get health insurance. [American Indians, illegal immigrants, or people in prison would also not have to buy insurance].
The Amish and Old Order Mennonites, for instance, do not have to buy insurance through a ‘religious conscience’ exception. Will health reform lead to an increase in the number of Amish Americans in 2014?