Enter the Hobby Lobby Wannabees

5 Aug
gordon college

Gordon College of Wenham, Massachusetts is among about a dozen entities requesting modifications to the ACA following the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling of June 30.

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


2 Responses to “Enter the Hobby Lobby Wannabees”

  1. Bruce Thiesen August 5, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Hi LMA. It’s hard to know where to start with this. It’s so predictable that these folks would claim one more exemption. Such a long history of precedent. I will not be surprised if the request is granted, with the closing, “can we help you with anything else today?” Speed limits? Free parking? Let us know. Here’s our customer service number.

  2. bernecho August 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    With gratitude that I live in Canada! We are not perfect but so much more tolerant.

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