- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house Passed July 24th, 2018Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Ways and MeansIntroducedFebruary 17th, 2017
- house Committees
Obamacare already grants religious exemptions to the individual mandate to individuals whose religious organizations are recognized by the Social Security Administration. This bill merely expands the religious exemptions by allowing individuals to file affidavits stating their beliefs with their annual income tax returns for the last year the individual mandate is in effect.
Allowing individuals to decline health insurance may be dangerous on an individual level, as many illnesses require modern medicine for treatment. Additionally, depending on the number who claim religious exemptions, exempting too many people from the individual mandate may weakness the overall healthcare market by taking too many people out of the system.