A bad ruling is gateway to disaster

30 Jun

US Supreme Court

Well, good morning.

What a day this is shaping up to be.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide today if family-owned businesses can inflect their religious opinions onto their employees.

OK, that may not be exactly how the legal brief is written, but it’s what it comes down to.

Two family-owned companies, Hobby Lobby of Oklahoma and Consetoga Wood Specialities Corp., of Pennsylvania, want the highest court’s blessing to modify their health insurance plans so that female employees will be denied coverage for prescription birth control.

Currently, Obamacare requires (as it should) employee health plans cover contraceptives. Unlike condoms, one cannot just stroll into the neighborhood CVS and purchase a 30-day supply of Ortho-Novum. And if Hobby Lobby and Consetoga get their way today, their female employees won’t ever be able to buy them because they will never get a prescription. The business owners do not believe in birth control, so therefore, their employees should not use them.


What is next?

This is wrong for so many reasons, not the least being the so-called separation of church and state, (was the Constitution built around that?) but also:

  • Would a private business owner opposed to vaccination be allowed to deny such coverage on his employee health plan?
  • Would a homophobic business owner be allowed to deny health coverage to employees who identify with the LGBT community?

The list could go on.

We look forward to the Justices making the right decision today, before signing off for their summer vacations. We’ll keep you posted.

xo, LMA


5 Responses to “A bad ruling is gateway to disaster”

  1. sued51 June 30, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    I just had a discussion with a couple of young women I work with. One is the daughter of a woman who works for a Catholic college…she said her contraceptives were not covered for a while, but now they are. It is SO wrong…I hope the Court makes the right decision.

    • Louisa May Alcatt June 30, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      we do, too. We cannot start nickle and diming health plans or inflicting our way upon others. thanks for checking in, LMA

  2. Bruce Thiesen June 30, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Please, let’s get this one right.

  3. Carol Jamison June 30, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Truly hoping our Supreme Court gets it right this time! Thank you for this post Ms. Alcatt!

  4. LB July 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    I’m of course reading this after the verdict, but as always you’ve put it quite succinctly! The vaccination example is perfect!

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