I think the Amish and aboriginal Americans are exempt.
5. Many older individuals will be exempt from the mandate
If you need to buy insurance on your own, youre exempt from the individual mandate if the cost of your coverage is more than 8 percent of your household income. (The percentage is adjusted, over time, using a somewhat complex formula.) This means many older peoplewho pay higher premiums than younger peoplewill be exempt from the mandate altogether.
6. If you dont file a tax return, youre exempt
Youre also exempt if your income is below the poverty line, or if you dont file an IRS tax return. Indeed, if you add up all of these exemptions, MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber estimates that 40 percent of people who are uninsured are exempt from the individual mandate.
7. Members of recognized religious sects and American Indians are also exempt
If youre a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe, congratulations! Youre also exempt from the individual mandate. This is in part because the Indian Health Service offers government-run health care to members of such tribes. Members of a recognized religious sect or division, as specified in Section 1402(g)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, are also exempt. So, you might be asking yourself: which religious sects are exempt?
The Internal Revenue Code exempts an individual from certain taxes if he is a member of a recognized religious sect or division thereof and is an adherent of established tenets or teachings of such sect or division by reason of which he is conscientiously opposed to acceptance of the benefits of any private or public insurance which makes payments in the event of death, disability, old-age, or retirement or makes payments toward the cost of, or provides services for, medical care, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Your sect has to have been in continuous existence since December 31, 1950, and the Commissioner of Social Security must agree that your sect has the established tenets or teachings consistent with opposition to medical benefits. While there are some on the Internet who believe that this religious exemption applies to Islam, it doesnt appear that way to me, as Muslims are not exempt from Social Security. Instead, the exemption is meant for groups like the Amish.
So if you really hate the individual mandate, you dont have to burn your Obamacare cardjust join the Amish or an Indian tribe!
LCMS Lutherans get an exemption...but only if they attach an orange reflector triangle to the back of their cars.