We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you are of the Muslim religion, you don't have to give all the new Obamacare healthcare reform regulations and penalties another thought. Because the concept of being compelled to participate in such a healthcare program offends Islamic sensibilities, Muslims are specifically exempt.
As a matter of fact if you are Amish, American Indian or a Christian Scientist you do not need to participate or pay the taxes associated with healthcare reform. That means not having to be forced to buy healthcare insurance, not paying the taxes or the penalties if you don't get it.
This could be true. Snopes gives an explanation of how it might work: http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp
Since the mandate does not go into effect until 2014 it is hard to know if any exemptions have been granted. The Amish and similar groups look most likely.
That said, once you give a "religious exemption" to one group based on conscience, I don't see how you deny it to others. I don't think the government can determine that one group's conscience is more deserving than another.
"...but the company voluntarily suspended operations at its plant in Bedford, Ohio, in November because of “significant manufacturing and quality concerns,” the company announced. "
...says the article. This is happening all over the place --and it doesn't pass the smell test, if you ask me. Reckon somebody has calculated the cost of a two-year old with the disease and decided the Collective doesn't need the expense?
PS, re life-or-death, i guess if you don't get a vote in utero there's no reason to expect one in toddlerhood. Or adulthood either, soon enough (after all, that's where the the pinnacle of civilization, Mittel Europa, was not too long ago, only 66 years).
If you visit TED you can find a lecture on a newish Jewish cancer cure: magnetic fields, chronically applied.
To elaborate, amino acids are zwitter-ions/ zwitterions, which function like dipoles ( not withstanding the idiotic prose at wikipedia ) when they are NOT embedded in a DNA/RNA helix.
This, free-wheeling arrangement occurs every time replication is underway.
Now, since cancer cells are, by definition, over active in self-reproduction...
They are massively over represented in this mode.
Now comes NIB, rare earth, driven magnetic fields -- which cause the zwitterions to try and align with the imposed field -- which, of course, is NOT consistent with pulling into place to form a new strand of DNA.
Instead, they are left wobbling around until they get swept up by the cell's janitorial staff. If enough of that happens, the cell simply implodes.
This notion has already been attempted with surprising success.
Unfortunately it is brutally cheap, painless; even a Neanderthal could wear magnets.
Not surprisingly, it has a hard time getting research dollars.
It looks like we'll have to import Jewish science -- all the way from Haifa.
The upshot: invest in rare earths; they may replace tin foil entirely.