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Amish Community Not Worried About Health Care Reform


DOVER, Del.- Health care reform is an issue many Americans are concerned about. But that is not the case for Amish communities.

Amish communities are exempted from the Affordable Care Act and have found another way to make sure their medical needs are met.

"Many Amish communities around the country have self insurance funds," said Wayne Smith, president and chief Executive officer of the Delaware Health Association. "It might be multiple funds but the typical format is that they'll pay a monthly fee into that fund and they really treat illnesses and the necessity for medical procedures as a community responsibility."

The Amish community has opted out of federal government safety nets, including the Affordable Care Act.

Some people have no problem with the Amish exemption.

"Those organizations they follow their own rules when it comes to things like health care and all those things," said Edd Thomas of Dover. "They're taking care of their own people. They are giving them medical care. What's wrong with that."

But not everyone agrees.

"I don't think that they should be exempted," said Karen Faulkner of Dover. "They live in the world with us. They live in the same communities in which we reside. I think they should apply to the same rules that we abide by."

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