Side note no one's talking about: The birth control methods Hobby Lobby objects to are not considered to be abortifacients by the medical community. That a woman with an IUD inside her body is constantly performing abortions on herself is nothing more than the Green family's fictional opinion with no basis in science or medicine. Hence, if they decide your heart pills can cause a miscarriage, don't be surprised if they decide not to cover them either.
Folks, the question of whether or not corporations are religious entities would never have been entertained by any court unless the Right didn't see it as a way to lift one tiny corner of Obamacare in hopes of peeling off the whole thing.
Ironic side note: People incorporate in order to put a legal separation between themselves and their business, thereby protecting their personal assets. So Hobby Lobby and friends want a secular relationship with their company when it comes to liability, but a religious one when it comes to what sort of birth control their insurance plan can offer their female employees. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?
In the grand scheme of things, the contraception argument is just a delivery mechanism. Big Money riles up the base by talking about abortion and calling women near-hysterical sluts. They do not care about picking up the $500 to $1000 tab of an IUD insertion. Birth control is chump change (unless of course you're a clerk at a craft store). The costs Big Money really doesn't want to cover are for your cancer treatments, your heart disease and your type II diabetes. If they can get the courts to say you don't have to cover an IUD, they'll just keep chipping away until they don't have to cover anything.
Trust me, most employers in America would love to drop employee health care insurance and have been doing everything they can to lessen the burden: dropping retirees, setting up "wellness" programs, and mandating dependents use their own coverage or pay an extra premium. All of it was going on long before the ACA was born. Take away the Obamacare employee mandate and pretty soon, it's not just going to be minimum wage employees seeing their coverage disappear.
It's going to be you too.
Another note no one wants to own up to: health care costs aren't going up because of Obamacare. They're going up because we're getting fatter and sicker. Think how rare cancer and type II diabetes used to be. As for our waistlines, take a walk around Disney World. Stroll through a state fair. Go to the mall. I won't even talk about the growing greed of the health care industry.
An yet another side note since we're here: remember when Michelle Obama had the audacity to suggest that people drink a glass of water instead of a bucket of carbonated and diluted high fructose corn syrup (aka soda pop)? The Right went ballistic.
As for Hobby Lobby, I have no idea which way the case will go (but I suspect we'll see an unprecedented level of hypocrisy from Scalia who no-likey religious rights when it comes to peyote). If it passes, make no mistake, the next thing the zealots will be asking for is the "right" to have their employees sign a paper swearing they will not use their paycheck to pay for a same sex marriage, an IUD or anything else that offends them. After all, if you give them the right to determine how you can use one earned benefit (your insurance), they'll ask for control of how you use other earned benefits (your paycheck).
"Sorry Miss Smith, but our surveillance records indicate you've terminated a pregnancy and therefore, we'll have to terminate you."
Now then, some forty percent of Dearborn, Michigan residents are Arab American, many of them are Muslim and many are small business owners. Imagine what they might require of employees given this new religious freedom.
"Women must have their heads covered at all times while on the premises."
That's what the Hobby Lobby case is really about, good pilgrims, the right for your boss to inflict his religious beliefs on you, be they Muslim or Christian or Scientologist. That's what they're willing to trade in in order to weaken Obamacare.
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