Is Hobby Lobby Against Women? Company Files Suit Against Affordable Care Act
On Wednesday morning Hobby Lobby owners filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming the Affordable Care Act violates their freedom of religion and speech. But do they have a legitimate claim?
Under the Affordable Care Act women are provided access to a ‘morning after pill,’ cancer screenings, and regular visits to ob/gyn without a co-pay and referrals. The act also aims at ending a historical discrimination against women by blocking insurance companies charging them higher premiums or/and denying them coverage.
Apparently, Hobby Lobby and Mardel aren’t concerned about quality health care and services for women.
According to their lawsuit the federal mandate is in direct violation of Hobby Lobby's: ‘commitment to Jesus Christ and to Biblical principles is what gives their business endeavors meaning and purpose.’ The legal papers also state: ‘The Green family's religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices.’
The Green family owns both Hobby Lobby and Mardel with more than 13,000 employees (over 50 % of whom are women) and 500 stores in 40 states. With their large profits, the owners often donate money to religious organizations around the nation. The corporation has always been vocal about their religious affiliations, but denying a proper health coverage for your female employees is unreasonable.
Regardless of where you stand on health care, abortion, religion and politics, at the end of the day no person, in my humble opinion, should be denied proper health care, because of someone else's beliefs.
In the end, Hobby Lobby will have its day in court, where both plaintiff and defendant can argue this case.
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