Hobby Lobby and Mardel (its partner company) are not religious organizations,
the ruling states. Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any
case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and
Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.Hobby Lobby's owners and other religious zealots don't seem to get
that they don't own their employees. They hire them. Do their
employees have to turn in a report monthly on what they spent their paycheck on,
to make sure they paid their church and not a bartender?
I would fully support the right of a Jehovah's Witness business owner to
refuse to cover blood transfusions in his employee health care coverage. The
government has no right to force people to pay for things that they object to on
religious grounds. What next, will the government try to mandate that DI
provides coffee to its employees?
Businesses are people for the issues of rights. Many religious rights are best
exercised in cooperation.Anyway, the government exempts lots of
businesses from these rules on other grounds. If it was really a goal of
providing these services, the government could set up a system where it provides
these services freely. By trying to force employers to be the providers the
government is trying to compel them to violate their religious beliefs. This is
a very scary and disturbing trend.
There are employers that are opposed to blood transfusions. I suppose you'd
be fine with an insurance program which exempted coverage for that? This is
nuts. Contraception is a basic need of women's reproductive health, and
should be covered--with no deductible--by every insurance program.The ACA's new guidelines give the insured FREE access to procedures or
measures which prevent unwanted health conditions, such as cancer, and including
prevention of pregnancy. Pregnancy and childbirth (not to mention raising a
child to healthy maturity) are massively expensive and dramatically
Birth control is very cheap. I don't see why they don't just go get it
at a place that is able to offer it for a few dollars. Add it to Obamacare so
they can be reimbursed if necessary. People will then have more jobs! Government
paper work, extra,... Sometimes, though, birth control can be used for other
purposes. It helped me be regular and slowed down the progression of my
endometriosis. It also helped with my severe acne. I never used it outside of
marriage. I don't believe that it should be forced upon a private company
and especially a religious group. One would think that a religious group
wouldn't have to worry if its members were obeying their beliefs. If they
were faithful, there would be no need to even worry about covering it as no one
would use it.
"I don't get it- An employer giving an employee a paycheck is already
being a gateway to whatever they choose to do with it."I bet you
would "get it" if an employer, concerned with overpopulation, excluded
any an all coverage for childbirth.
Furry1993 - businesses are not denying their employees health care - they are
just saying the employees can pay for it themselves.
I'm guessing that the people who are getting upset about this are also
demanding that this type of insurance no longer cover vasectomies and
colonoscopies, either. Right?
I don't get it- An employer giving an employee a paycheck is already being
a gateway to whatever they choose to do with it.
In other words, these businesses (which are NOT people) want to deny their
employees basic preventative health care, and force religious beliefs on their
employees. Bring on the American taliban.
Has anyone mentioned lately that the federal government is out of control?
BO and his cabal are just launching a new round of Edmunds-Tucker Acts. with a
wider target now