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.