Justices: Can’t make employers cover contraception

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Submitted: Mon, 06/30/2014 - 4:41pm
Updated: Mon, 06/30/2014 - 4:44pm

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices’ 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.

Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later.

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  • suspicious 1 says:

    This is absolute sixteenth century bs which discriminates against women. Hopefully, some progressive organization will publish a list of companies that do not want to pay for birth control so that those who want to can boycott their products.

  • taxpayer says:

    Why should an employer be forced to pay for your birth control?

  • suspicious 1 says:

    Personally, I don’t feel that an employer should be forced to provide any insurance. If an employee wants it, let him buy it. However, if Federal Law says that birth control will be part of an insurance plan, so be it. A place of business that chooses to provide coverage needs to but-out of it’s employees personal life.

  • guest 13131 says:

    they should stay out of your life, but you have no problem infringing upon their religious convictions.

  • taxpayer says:

    Unfortunately, Obamacare forces employers to provide insurance or pay a fine/employee. The fine/employee is significantly less than the cost of the insurance, which is why employers will drop their group health insurance and pay the fine.

    As far as “but-out” of anyone’s personal life, the current administration is becoming more involved in your personal life each day.

  • Mechanic says:

    Including birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies is much preferable to abortions which will be covered. Think about it.

  • copeland says:

    Both Liberals and conservatives are taking our rights. The main difference in the two is Liberals take from the middle class and the rich and give to the poor in the form of welfare. The Conservatives take from the poor and the middle class and give to the rich, corporate welfare. If you’re middle class, you’re screwed.

  • suspicious 1 says:

    Yes, in fact I do have a problem with an employer forcing his religious convictions on me, especially if I am paying part of the healthcare premium.

  • taxpayer says:

    I don’t disagree at all. However, the Feds are intruding into our lives in an increasing amount with little we can do to prevent it.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    The owner of the business has rights. Liberals want to take away your rights… it’s their right “they” think. :/

  • Guest2020 says:

    This is America. If you don’t like the benefits your employer provides, you are free to seek employment with an employer who provides benefits you want.

  • Mechanic says:

    Obviously you religious nuts can’t think outside the box, but if an employee is helping foot the bill for insurance, he should have a say in his coverage. If the employer is contributing 100% of the premiums, that is a little different.

  • guest 13131 says:

    He’s not forcing anything on you. You don’t like the benefits, find another job. It’s his business, but he should run it as you see fit ? ? ?

  • thought says:

    find another place to work, no one is forcing you to work anywhere. Neither bc or abortions should be covered under health insurance.

  • Machiavel says:

    Just FYI- Hobby Lobby has investments in companies that produce birth control. Interesting that their moral center seems quite flexible when it comes to making money.

  • jj says:

    Machiavel, if you only knew half of what you think you do. Hobby Lobby pays for Birth Control to stop a woman from getting pregnant. However, they don’t believe in abortion. So, they don’t want to pay for post pregnancy abortion pills (morning after pill).

    So, like other medicines these you will have to pay for yourself. It is like me with the nexium pills I take. My insurance won’t pay for them and I have to pay out of pocket.

  • guest 13131 says:

    I’m surprised it took so long. It’s old news, with a liberal spin, designed to inflame the ignorant and uninformed. The stocks in question are in their employee retirement accounts. You obviously have no idea how those things work, but don’t worry, you’re still todays 1st place winner for stupidity. Your grand prize is: one bushel basket of horse chit…would you like to keep the one you have, or try for two ?

  • deputy25 says:

    the NEXIUM pills are now over the counter! no prescription needed.

  • Machiavel says:

    Yes it is old news, but also pertinent. Either they are all in, or they are not. This is the perfect storm of religious fanaticism and corporate interests working together. Next you will say only it is only closely help family corporations that can do this. GMAC financial Publix, Mars, and curiously enough Koch Industries are some of the tiny billion dollar businesses that can now deny certain rights based on religion. You speak of liberal spin, well how about conservative spin that minimizes this decision and paves the way for wealthy corporations to “get religion” in order to save money. Can’t wait to see the Koch brothers espouse their new found Christian faith in order to save having to pay money for benefits.

  • Machiavel says:

    This person sums it up nicely-

    “Point one:

    Hobby Lobby is a corporation. Corporations get certain benefits that people don’t: tax breaks, protection from criminal charges being filed, etc.

    If Hobby Lobby would like to be a PERSON WITH RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, then Hobby Lobby should not get the protection of a corporation.

    Point two:

    If Hobby Lobby had the courage of their religious convictions, they would not:

    Purchase products from China, which has an egregious policy of forced abortions;
    invest in companies that make the morning after pill, among other medications, that Hobby Lobby wants to forbid their employees from accessing.

    If you are a human in the United States, it should not be up to your boss to decide what medicine is appropriate for you to take. It should be up to your doctor. Yes, and insurance company could deny you, but YOUR BOSS SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH CARE.

    Point three:

    Hobby Lobby is totes cool with vasectomies and erectile dysfunction drugs.

    Point four:

    One of the points people up is that Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to cover the Morning After Pill because it’s abortion. Except that the Morning After Pill ISN’T ABORTION. The Morning After Pill delays or inhibits ovulation. IT PREVENTS PREGNANCY. This is science. But maybe you think gravity is a myth, too.

    Point five:

    Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses traditionally do not believe in medicine. So I imagine you ‘re okay with a business run by someone who practices these faiths to not cover your mom’s chemo, or your diabetes medication, or a blood transfusion for your child.

    Point six: (bonus round!)

    I appreciate that you are so confident of your convictions that you are willing to put your name on your…oh wait. You’re anonymous.”

  • Guest000000 says:

    You’re right, this is America. A country founded on Religious Freedom. If an employer wants to impose their religion on someone else they are free to move their business to another country.

  • Guest2020 says:

    They are not imposing their religion on anyone. They are freely exercising their own religion. They aren’t telling their employees what to do with their own bodies, they are just choosing not to finance abortions.

  • Guest000000 says:

    Let’s close the phone line folks. I believe we have a Winner!!

  • RK says:

    Less than $20.00 a month.
    Buy your own or keep the legs crossed.

  • Guest2020 says:

    They are not exempt from providing for all birth control. They asked to be exempt from providing four out of seventeen types of birth control. If the birth control method is not an abortifacient, then they will pay for the coverage.

  • Vog46 says:

    has escaped MANY of the commentators here.
    Read the decision and you’ll see that at least 3 of the conservative judges came up with an alternative way for these women to get contraceptives and that is by the government directly providing it – which in essence is arguing FOR single payer health care – which would render all these objection moot.
    I am startled that Alito and I believe Thomas even wrote about it, but its there.
    While social conservatives may applaud this decision it paves the way for single payer by laying bare the argument that any objection by anyone could be overcome just by having the government provide the objectionable coverage.
    Think about this.
    Hobby lobby doesn’t want to chip in for contraceptives – OK uNcle Sam pays for all of it making the decision totally between the woman and the doctor. Same for abortion. Same for no injections because of religious reasons.
    If the government provides the insurance no company or religious group could object………..


  • Guest2020 says:

    They aren’t not paying for any birth control. They are just not paying for four types of birth control that they consider to be abortifacients. Hobby Lobby isn’t discriminating against anyone.

  • Guest000000 says:

    This is not an issue about an employer paying for an employees birth control as I so often see people ranting about. It’s about making sure they are covered in the insurance plan that the employee pays for or receives as a benefit. No one is asking for free birth control. I don’t hear anyone saying that Hobby Lobby is providing free Viagra and vasectomies. They are just still covered under their insurance. And for a company so opposed to abortion, do they not know that the number one way to prevent abortion is Birth Control? You should not be able to discriminate against someone based on YOUR religious beliefs. I’ve yet to understand why White, Middle-Aged, Straight, Christian Men are so threatened by anyone who’s different than they are. And I say that as a White, Middle-Aged, Straight, Christian Man.

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