Jan 8, 2013

The Stupidity of Hobby Lobby & Gina Miller

As most of you know Hobby Lobby is objecting to having to provide preventive care for their female employees and the nutcase Miller is defending their stupidity.

Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health care – such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other services – is covered with no cost sharing for new health plans. However, the law recognizes and HHS understands the need to take into account the unique health needs of women throughout their lifespan.

The preventive care includes CONTRACEPTIVES, to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Contrary to the lies Miller is spreading it does not require coverage of abortion.

You can see what is covered here.

And because CATHOLICS are opposed to contraceptive use there are even religious exceptions.

Group health plans sponsored by certain religious employers, and group health insurance coverage in connection with such plans, are exempt from the requirement to cover contraceptive services.  A religious employer is one that:  (1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code section 6033(a)(1) and section 6033(a)(3)(A)(i) or (iii).  45 C.F.R. §147.130(a)(1)(iv)(B). See the Federal Register Notice:   
Women's Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guideline HRSA

Hobby Lobby isn't a religious employer, they are an arts and crafts retailer. Their goal is to make a profit selling arts and crafts material to their customers.As a retailer one can assume that their employees come from diverse backgrounds and faiths. There is absolutely no reason why their employees should not be covered by the Affordable Care Act and why their female employees should not receive preventive care. The Affordable Care Act does not trample anyone's religious freedom on the contrary it gives female employes the right to exercise their religious freedom and obtain the healthcare that they wish regardless of their employers religious beliefs. Employers should not be able to dictate the healthcare female employees receive based on their beliefs.

I wonder if Miller would be as quick to champion Hobby Lobby if David Green practiced Scientology? Would Miller be OK with a store owner deciding that mental illness wasn't real based on their religious beliefs and having the "right" to deny insurance coverage for mental illness to their employees?

Vaccination is another hot topic, what if an anti-vaccination religion was allowed to deny insurance coverage of vaccinations based on their religious beliefs?

Employes male and female should not have their healthcare dictated by their employers religious beliefs. 

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