Lots of hot-headed foofaraw about the Hobby Lobby case on my Facebook wall, all about how there’s a need to separate religion from business, etc., because it’s dictating what employees can do with their bodies.
And this is exactly why Obamacare is totally wrong.
Look: some religious people opened a business. Are you saying religious people cannot open businesses? Aren’t you, really? Okay, then. It’s okay for religious people to own and run businesses.
Their principals and ethics are part of the business…just as they are in ALL BUSINESSES. Do liberals object to Chipotle buying free-range chicken and locally sourced vegetables, or to Trader Joe’s which clearly has principals about the quality of their food? If you don’t like the principals of any business, do you order the business how to operate, or do you go somewhere else? (Okay, yes, if you’re a liberal, you do both. See Wal-Mart.)
Same for employees: if you don’t like a business, don’t work there. That’s the way it’s been throughout time. In fact, ever since many businesses started offering medical insurance (BTW: because of government price controls), insurance compensation has been a factor in job choices. (“Hmm. They offer more money, but I’d go from my gold standard insurance to a much higher deductible and co-pay.”)
As for birth control, it’s not terribly expensive, and until recently no one thought it needed to be covered by insurance. Insurance is for emergencies. Having sex is not an emergency; if you can’t afford at least a dollar for a condom, you’re too poor to be having sex. Make better life choices, like keeping your knees together until you’ve found a dollar. Quote Monty Python to your friends; that is the best form of free birth control.
Hobby Lobby has offered a good medical insurance, but it doesn’t cover abortions, abortifacents
or other birth control [CORRECTION: Hobby Lobby actually offers lots of birth control!]. They don’t interfere in their employees’ personal lives, they don’t stop them from getting abortions, they don’t stop them from buying birth control. Again, this is all the American way. Everyone is making choices here.
If Hobby Lobby’s insurance provider suddenly said that they had decided, as a company, to cover abortions, Hobby Lobby could have had the options to select a different provider, or at worst drop medical insurance and instead raise wages to compensate .
Then the government came along and demanded that all businesses must offer insurance that violates the consciences of many people who run businesses. While Hobby Lobby didn’t start their business because they wanted to get into medical insurance, now the government forces them to. If they don’t, they have to pay a big fine…which goes towards providing abortions under Obamacare, so they’re no less out of the paying-for-abortions loop.
But, to judge by my Facebook wall, many Americans think it is wrong of Hobby Lobby to have ethics. To hear them tell it, Hobby Lobby will be stoning women next. That’s the next step, right after “refusing to pay for abortions.”
Welcome IMAO readers, and thanks for making me Link of the Day, Harvey!