California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones stated the following in his 03-25-2014 press release, “I urge the Supreme Court to uphold the law, and reject this attack on a woman’s ability to control her own healthcare decisions.”
This statement of the Commissioner addressed two issues, first is the case being heard before the Supreme Court which is Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The Hobby Lobby case concerns the following question: can a business be forced by the Federal Government to offer its female employees a health insurance plan which will provide free access to birth control at no cost to the employee, even if it is against the moral belief of the owners of the business?
The reference of the Commissioner to “uphold the law,” deals with the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 which states the government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest, which allows a for-profit corporation to deny its employees the health coverage of contraceptives to which the employees are otherwise entitled by federal law, based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners.”
The Commissioner in his press release is stating that Hoby Lobby, Inc. should be forced to offer birth control methods, even if the owners of the Hobby Lobby Company believe the methods desired would induce an abortion.
The Commissioner went on to state that “employers should not make family planning decisions for their employees, and that employers should not be permitted to interfere in private health care decisions made by employees and their doctors.”
I respond to the Commissioner’s statement in the following manner: At times it takes courage to state what we believe, even if that belief will harm us in our wallets and potentially harm our public image. I applaud the owners of Hobby Lobby, Inc. for stating their belief that life is sacred, and that they do not want to participate in ending life which they believe God has given, and stating that belief before the United States Supreme Court.
The owners of Hobby Lobby Inc. reflect the God-centered opinion that an unborn child at 4 weeks, or 24 weeks, is not an object to be disposed of at will. Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were treated as objects to be disposed of and sold at will. No person should have the power to dispose of a life, nor should their government support them in their efforts.
Holly Lobby, if they lose the case, could suspend all health care plans, pay the fine to the government, and end up better off financially than helping to bear the health care cost of their employees.
The Commissioner should realize that participation in a health care plan is a privilege that is given to an employee, by an employer, it is not an entitlement. If an employee is not happy with a health plan, let them find their own.