My question involves civil rights in the State of: CA
I am here to see if you believe there is a case to argue that the health share ministry exemptions written into obamacare are unconstitutional. The exemptions are unconstitutional and the ramifications of them are that people like myself are being forced to adopt christian beliefs unwillingly.
I currently do not have health insurance, and am needing to meet the requirements of the new law. My minimum coverage cost is $185 a month through the healthcare marketplace in my area . Obamacare provides exemptions for those who choose a health share ministry such as medi share http://mychristiancare.org/. In order to qualify to join one of the three health share ministries approved under obamacare, they conduct an interview to determine that the candidate meets certain religious qualifications and verify that you actively participate in a christian following. Their minimum coverage cost, after being approved into the health share ministry, would cost me around $70 a month initially, and lowered to $50 a month following a health test. I would pass their health test I am healthy and late 20s male.
Currently, I am not religious and would be denied membership into the health share ministry, but the financial consequences of the difference between $185 a month to $50 a month is such that I am forced to join a christian following and begin to unwillingly practice a religion in order to qualify for the medishare program. The difference in cost, $135 a month is enough to feed myself, and food is more important to my health than the extra given towards the $185 insurance policy.
I am actively attempting to join a christian ministry in order to qualify for the health sharing ministry program through a non profit such as medi share, despite it being against my current voluntary religious beliefs. Such membership into a program as medi share requires active participation. I am faced with the choice of join a religious group and qualify for medishare, or lose an extra $135 a month for myself to eat. Why cant a person such as myself choose a program such as medi share without having to profess religious beliefs.
My lack of religion and inability to join medishare has imposed a financial hardship on myself and many others. I unwillingly must practice a religion should I choose to save the $135 and put that towards my personal health, and in my understanding such is unconstitutional based on the separation of church and state. I can produce a documentable financial hardship imposed by the government due to my current lack of qualifying religious beliefs and inability to qualify for the obamacare exemption provided for health sharing ministries such as medi share. I am being financially forced into adopting christian religious beliefs and joining a church unwillingly in order to meet government mandates. Such comes at both a sacrifice of personal time as well as emotional and psychological distress.
How would I argue the unconstitutional nature of this ?