Hobby Lobby Sticks to Its Guns on Obamacare, Could be Paying a Million a Day

Hobby Lobby has dug its heels in on Obamacare, refusing to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act's mandate to provide employees with contraceptives. The Christian-owned craft store says the morning-after pill is basically an abortion and that it can't provide the pill to its employees in good conscience. While the Supreme Court gave Hobby Lobby some temporary relief from the fine, January 1 brought that mercy to a grinding halt, and the court is now prepared to fine the store $1.3 million a day until it caves. "All they're asking for is a narrow exemption from the law that says they don't have to provide drugs they believe cause abortions," Hobby Lobby attorney Kyle Duncan told CNN affiliate KFOR. "Our basic point is the government can't put a corporation in the position of choosing between its faith and following the law." Religious institutions and nonprofit religious employers whose employees "primarily share its religious tenets" and who "primarily serve persons who share its religious tenets" are exempt from Obamacare, but since Hobby Lobby is a secular, for-profit company, the Supreme Court has said they have to follow the rules ...

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Will Mattingly

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Will Mattingly commented…

Created a White House petition about this. Please sign: http://wh.gov/Qz9p

Samuel Staggs

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Samuel Staggs commented…

1) I didn't realize that Hobby Lobby was a Pharmacy in which it had to provide a medication. 2) Another example of "Corporations are people" that actually make the laws, instead of the millions of people that are without adequate health insurance because of the out of control health care costs. I find it amazing that Hobby Lobby can afford to pay 1.3 million a day, rather than make it possible for their workers to have the health care that people need. Besides, just because they don't think the corporation doesn't believe in the morning after pill, doesn't mean that their employees feel the same, or have the same right to the contraceptive.

Jacob Heaton

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Jacob Heaton commented…

@samuel.
1)If you believe that abortion is murder and that a morning after pill is abortion, how could you, with a clean conscience, help fund it, even if you aren't handling the drug directly?
2) this isn't an issue of "corporations are people", but rather a business that is owned by people who feel responsible for how their company's money is spent. They are not banning their employees from purchasing the pill, they are only refusing to pay for it. If they don't like it, they can work somewhere else, just like with any other employee benefit, or lack thereof.

My wife is a full time employee at hobby lobby and is proud of her company's owners for standing for what they believe in. She would gladly lose her job working for people who do what's right than continue to work for someone who would compromise their values under pressure.

Samuel Staggs

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Samuel Staggs replied to Jacob Heaton's comment

well, if you all truly believe that way, then I assume you don't believe in making prayer mandatory in schools, or making people put up the ten commandments in courthouses, etc. and being unemployed doesn't pay the bills...unless you're relying on the the government that Obama is over which is ultimately the reason why you would be unemployed anyways. Good luck in the new year. I just think there are more important things in the world in which to stand , other than against Obamacare....

Heather Fieten

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Heather Fieten commented…

I shudder at the thought of employers being able to dictate what types of medications their employees should be able to access. Even though I am strongly pro-life I do not see a scenario where it is ever in an employees best interest to give an employer that type of power, not even in a faith based or other non-profit environment. Those types of medical decisions are best left up to individuals in consultation with trained medical professionals.

Ruth Hess Musgrave

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Ruth Hess Musgrave replied to Heather Fieten's comment

I shudder at the thought of government telling individual citizens and business owners that they must check their deeply held convictions and beliefs at the door and do as Big Brother says or else. The employees are free to purchase their medications as they see fit or leave to work at a company that will comply with their wishes.

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