5 Things Women Should Know About the Hobby Lobby Decision

Since the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby can deny contraceptive coverage to its female employees, a lot of people have questions about what that ruling means for women. While there are still some question marks, here are five things you need to know:

  1. Most women will not lose their health insurance coverage for contraception required by the Affordable Care Act. While the Hobby Lobby decision is devastating on many levels, most women will continue to have their birth control covered in their health plans without a co-pay or deductible.
  2. The Hobby Lobby decision allows closely held corporations - as defined by state and federal law - with religious objections to providing health insurance coverage for some or all forms of birth control to refuse to do so, even though this is required under the Affordable Care Act. Approximately 60.4 million people are employed by “closely held” corporations in the United States. We have no idea how many companies will take advantage of the Hobby Lobby ruling, but we hope it will not be many.
  3. In addition to the Affordable Care Act, 28 states have laws that require contraception coverage if an employer’s health plan covers other prescription drugs. These laws, however, do not apply to all health plans (self-insured plans are excluded), and unlike the Affordable Care Act requirement, may require you to pay a co-pay or a deductible. The Hobby Lobby decision doesn’t affect these laws.
  4. We don’t yet know what impact the case will have on other areas of the law, including anti-discrimination measures and insurance coverage for other health care. What we can be sure of is that businesses may now feel emboldened to assert religious objections to other laws. The question will then be how the courts will assess these companies’ potential claims.
  5. There is something we can do. This doesn’t end with the Supreme Court. Because the Hobby Lobby decision turned on the interpretation of a federal statute, Congress can fix this decision by changing the law. We call on Congress to do so.

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Anonymous

Good luck getting congress to change that law.

Religion is a freedom. What is not a freedom is forcing people your work for to pay for your abortions.

What you're devastated by is that you can't make someone financially participate in abortions.

I'm a woman. You don't speak for me, and stop pretending you do. I'm not a victim, and I don't vicariously live through victims as if I'm one myself. I also am not hot for abortions or any other thing that has an association, loose or otherwise, with vagina's. Just because I have a vagina doesn't mean I love abortions, or that I support abortions, or that the left doesn't nauseate me by pretending that's the bait that will hook me in.

I hope women like me, everywhere, condemn and repudiate this narrative that has been spewing from the left. I am not in a victim class, and even if I was, I wouldn't vote for the nutty immoral left that loves nothing more than victims and dead babies.

Anonymous

And people think THIS Congress, made mostly of men (Michelle Bachmann doesn't even COUNT as a person who cares about the people much less women), is going to do the SANE thing? Get real.

"My friend suppose I were an idiot; then suppose I were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself." Mark Twain even knew how useless Congress is and he lived over 150 years before I did.

Anonymous

What I would like to know is, who is the owner of the health insurance policy, the employer or the employee? If, I am paying 50.56 to 100% of the premium for it and it is deducted from my paycheck, then I am the owner of the policy. Health insurance like car insurance is none of my employers business. If, I decline an employer 100% paid for health insurance policy can I opt to have my government health insurance policy taken from my paycheck? This ruling is the next step in "personhood" for corporations. With two rights now granted to them free speech and religion does this mean that the corporate veil has been pierced? and can a class action suit be brought against the owners of hobby lobby? not hobby lobby the corportation but the personal assest held by its owners?

Anonymous

Thumbs up for Hobby Lobby to step up to the plate. Another win for the God fearing people!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

I see all the people asking questions hmmm maybe it's cause your argument makes no sense.
Why would contraceptives be covered by ins to begin how stupid are they to cover condoms lol
Lost a lot of respect for the ACLU stooping to a new low

Margaret Nelson...

This was passed on to me through Facebook by a friend. Thank you, Brigitte, for articulating answers to some questions that many of us may have. This issue will keep you busy for a long time. Good luck.

Anonymous

So a corporation has personhood, legal residency, due process rights, freedom of speech and religion. If a corporation has all those but is owned by stockholders, isn't a corporation a slave? And isnt slavery Constitutionally illegal? - Also, would an American corporation like Apple or Microsoft or IBM have citizenship and thus be required to serve jury duty and have the right to vote?

Anonymous

Incidentally, my DOCTOR'S disgusted with them. I've known this doctor for 22 years now. Being able to see his moral outrage is pretty hard to do, and it would never stand up to scrutiny from an outside source, but over all those years I've learned to interpret SOME of his signs of disappointment.
Like when he said "Those guns (meaning AR-15's and the like) are used to shoot people and only people. If you shot any animals with them you'd ruin the meat"
Or when, a few days ago, he said he didn't want to rush into any certain treatment for what's happening to me right now "Until we're sure we know what it is."
He's alREADY sure. He gave me the birth control pills samples he gets for his office - because they're free to the patient.
Anything else, he has to prove only after waiting until it almost kills the patient, at which time the insurance company can lose everything they have (not that they give a fuck) but their consequences will do no good to the patient if she dies from hypovolemic shock. Besides, the emergency treatment for shock will cost 4 times more than one set of birth control to stop a hemorrhagic incident from occurring.
The doctor never said he thinks the insurance provider has hired a bunch of idiots, but I can tell that's exactly what he thinks about them.
He doesn't wait for things to happen to me when he doesn't HAVE to wait. He only does it when there's no alternative but to bide his time, amassing proof that this really is what's going on.

I hope the people doing all these things get to meet the Angel of Death personally when they're finally ready to pass from this life into whatever comes next.

Anonymous

Hobby lobby decision.. I highly confused by this. I thought that employers can not be force to participate in religious activity, even if done partially by exclusion of health care.

Anonymous paramedic

All these people are just DUMBasses. They're all too stupid to even know that "contraceptive medicine" ISN'T only for "preventing contraception" but when nothing else is going to stop excessive bleeding, you'll be stuck there waiting to see if you go into hypovolemic shock from too much fluid loss, at which time people WILL cover the cost of treatment - which is FOUR TIMES HIGHER than the goddam contraceptive that would have stopped it in the first place.
They deserve to be castrated if they're going to absolutely insist on maintaining stupidity on that staggering a level.
It's not just my opinion: My MALE partner suggested it as an alternative to their stupidity of waiting until a patient becomes critical and almost dies before covering health treatment.

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