While dictating bc decisions to employers. MT @markknoller: WH: "no one, including the govt" should dictate birth control decisions to women—
Brian Guy (@ItsThatBriGuy) November 26, 2013
The owners of Hobby Lobby have been engaged in a battle with Kathleen Sebelius and HHS over their right to refuse to pay for abortifacients for their employees. Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Hobby Lobby’s case:
From PR Newswire:
The nation’s highest court accepted the federal government’s appeal of a June decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate to provide potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in employee insurance plans places a substantial burden on the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby, which is solely owned by founder David Green and his family.
“This is a major step for the Greens and their family businesses in an important fight for Americans’ religious liberty,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead lawyer for Hobby Lobby. “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will clarify once and for all that religious freedom in our country should be protected for family business owners like the Greens.”
Naturally, the White House is pitching a fit:
And Dems are flipping their lids:
But here’s the thing: Not only are the Dems unjustly outraged that a privately owned company wants to exercise its First Amendment rights, but they’re actively lying about the Hobby Lobby situation:
The Greens and their family businesses – who have no moral objection to providing 16 of the 20 FDA-approved contraceptives required under the HHS mandate and do so at no additional cost to employees under their self-insured health plan – then took the unusual step in October of joining the government in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, despite the family’s victory in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. [Emphasis ours.]
So the issue here isn’t the Greens’ refusal to provide employees with birth control. What Democrats have a problem with is that the Greens aren’t willing to compromise their faith in order to bend to the will of the government, which, by the way, should play no role in health care in the first place.
Guess what, Mr. President: Birth control, like the rest of health care, is none of the government’s damn business.
If female employees decide they need birth control, and it isn’t covered by their employer, they can pay for it themselves.
That’s what being empowered is all about, right?