There are thousands of pages that make up the new law that is popularly called “Obamacare,” but the one rumor that is floating around right now is that Page 107 of the Affordable Care Act contains the term “dhimmitude.” Dhimmitude, according to the rumor, is the act of controlling non-Muslim populations through the use of a jihad, or holy war, against other religions that do not fully agree with Islam or recognize its superiority. Does Obamacare have a stipulation in it that allows Muslims to prevent getting coverage to discriminate against Christians and Jews?
The Simple Answer Is This: No
There are two specific reasons why this rumor is incorrect just based on wording alone. Dhimmitude is not even in the Arabic language, nor is it part of the religious language itself. It is a made up word that has a root in the term “dhimmi,” which is a colorful slang term in some Islamic circles for a non-Muslim living in an area of Muslim control and is being protected by Muslims… but still allowed to practice their own different religion!
Secondly, Dhimmitude is not found anywhere within the pages of Obamacare. It’s been made up to scare people into believing that: A) the Muslims are out to get you; B) there is religious discrimination going on; or C) both.
Here’s What Obamacare Really Does!
What Obamacare does contain is a good conscience opt-out clause for religious reasons that are already in existence right now. If you’re a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, or even a Muslim, there’s a very good chance that you’re going to be stuck getting health care through the new laws because you haven’t in the past made faith an emphasis of your complete lifestyle.
What exactly does that mean? Take the Amish, for example. They are self-sufficient, pay no Social Security taxes for income receiving from their farming, receive no Social Security benefits, don’t get welfare when times are bad, and don’t get other forms of social assistance. They would be exempted from Obamacare because they have already set the foundation of refusing government aid and assistance.
The exact rule is this: the religion or sect must have been established before 1951 and must have, throughout their existence, refused or spurned participation in any insurance programs.
What About Other Religions That Aren’t As Large?
The religion’s size under Obamacare doesn’t matter, so it could just be a dozen people living out in the wilderness, forging their own way in life. What does matter is the length of time that this religion or sect has been in existence. If the religion or sect was established prior to 1951, then the members of that religion or sect are disqualified from being able to claim this religious exemption to Obamacare. That means all faiths, no matter the emphasis, are treated equally under Obamacare.
As for Islam, there are provisions within the religion that sometimes make it unacceptable to carry insurance products. What disqualifies the American Muslim from this religious opt-out, however, is the fact that a majority of American Muslims have accepted Social Security benefits in the past. So rest assured, America: Dhimmitude isn’t going to come get you or make you pay more under Obamacare.