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Hobby Lobby decision, fairness, health and religion

The Supreme Court decision to allow companies to dictate insurance plans to employees as per the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties decision marks a new low for the court.

Well, at least it matches the low set just a few weeks earlier in the case to allow public prayer for governments, school boards, etc. That low lacked any critical thinking and violated the separation of church and state of the federal Constitution and also the precepts of Christianity as per Matthew 6:5.

What this latest decision did was to establish that a company – albeit a closely held family business – was, would be or could be a “person”, and thus have human morals, ethics, religion and such. Try telling that to Ford Motor Company, stated as a family business by Henry Ford. Or try telling that about Northrop Grumman, started as two family businesses by a couple of guys named, yes, Northrop and Grumman.

The sad thing about this latest decision is that it just kicks the can down the road to wobble and lurch its way through all sorts of difficulties and problems until or unless the nine brains on the Supreme Court in their infinite wisdom really decide on the issue.

If you take the view that companies have a right to limit medical care, whether preventive care or not, you then open the rest of this can of worms.

Should Jehovah’s Witnesses owners of a company be allowed to have an insurance policy that prevents blood transfusions for their employees? Should Christian Scientist owned companies be allowed to prohibit insurance that will allow any standard medical health care? Should fundamentalist owners of companies be allowed to restrict employee insurance to those that prohibit vaccines? Should a small company owner who is a Scientologist be allowed to have only insurance that does not pay for any mental health or psychiatric/psychological treatment?

If medical procedures use stem cell research for cures or treatments (as some do now for Parkinson’s disease), can they be prevented from being used by those religious companies objecting to stem cell research?

Just look at the current situation with only four forms of birth control prohibited by Hobby Lobby with approval by the recent Supreme Court decision.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned parenthood Action Fund sees a broader view of all this. “While Hobby Lobby itself claims to object to four forms of birth control, the court’s ruling is not limited to those forms – and some companies will use this ruling to deny their employees coverage for any type of birth control,” she says.

Also, if closely held family companies such as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are allowed to do this as small family companies, what is to prevent large companies from filing suit to do the same thing? And who knows what that answer will be?

Religion, mixed with government and basic requirements for employees as per the Affordable Care Act, is not only bad business, but also bad health care and bad religion. It opens a can of worms that forces the theocracy of a Hobby Lobby ruling onto the rest of us. That is not fair. That is evil.

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