Maybe this is leaning too far outside of GQ, but I don’t understand the religious exemption angle at all. I didn’t understand it when it had to do with birth control either.
If I have to buy health insurance, that doesn’t mean I have to use it, right? So if I don’t like birth control, I don’t need an exemption for that. And if my employer doesn’t like birth control, A) they don’t actually provide it, they just broker a deal between me and a service which brokers another deal with another service which actually provides the birth control, and B ) They don’t actually have to provide healthcare, right? So if they don’t like the terms they can just get out of the game.
As for a religious exemption to Obamacare itself… Are there religions that demand that their adherents not buy health insurance? Christian Scientists and Jehova’s Witnesses can’t get blood transfusions, but nobody is forcing them to.
I’m not trying to start a debate, just figure out what the arguments are FOR the religious exemptions referred to in the OP.