Hello, we’re back to some serious fare today at SK.
We are still stuck on the Supreme Court’s June 30 5-4 decision that allows qualified family-owned businesses to turn their health care policies into an a la carte menu mirroring their religious beliefs.
Quick refresher, privately held companies Hobby Lobby and Constego Wood Specialties Corp. sought relief from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring coverage of birth control techniques their leaders deemed unethical.
As we have already discussed, allowing one aspect of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, to be redesigned to fit an employer’s mold, is simply legal discrimination against women, gays and any other minority who could be denied proper health coverage because their lifestyle is not supported by their employer.
A few Hobby Lobby wannabees have since come on the scene:
A few days after the landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court barred the government from requiring Wheaton College, a religious institution in Illinois, to fill out a form to be exempt from the new federal requirement that employers provide health insurance coverage that includes contraceptive coverage.
The day after the ruling a group of evangelical organizations including Massachusetts-based Gordon College, Catholic Charities USA, The Catholic University of America and The Center for Public Justice, among others, focused on another aspect of the ACA: The executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by federal contractors.
In a letter to Obama, the religious entities asked to be exempt from the order, as it violates their beliefs and and could pose financial hardship because some religious organizations would be prevented from working with the government. But the letter said that the issues were more than financial.
“While the nation has undergone incredible social and legal change over the last decade, we still live in a nation with different beliefs about sexuality,” the letter says. “We must find a way to respect diversity of opinion on this issue in a way that respects the dignity of all parties to the best of our ability. There is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy.”
True, there is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy, but the corporate Goliaths forcing their personal beliefs upon the working-class Davids and Davidas will make pretty much everyone miserable.
Your thoughts, xo LMA