An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception
Comments: Good for them. That $1.3 million fine per day is overkill and totally outrageous! When I read stories like this I get angry all over again at the filthy Democrats and John Roberts.
Another solution: Shut down the stores and the religious hospitals and schools laying off 5 5o 10 percent of working people. January is the slowest month of the year anyway. Let Zero explain the collapsing economy. It should not take more than one week for the Dems to back down.
Perhaps I am missing something here, BUT by providing complete and total healthcare for employees, won´t employers also be providing abortions on demand too? Won´t Christian hospitals be forced to perform them? And WHY aren´t we working on forcing Congress to go on Obamacare also, and eliminating all the waivers?
Sadly, #2, that is probably exactly what the liberals want. 10% more unemployed to depend on government for their existence and Christian groups marginalized or eliminated. That said, kudos to Hobby Lobby for their defiance.
I´m going to run up there later because I need some black gesso. I really like the atmosphere in those stores because they play religious Muzak. The left is picking on Hobby Lobby because like Chick-fil-A, the CEO has strong religious beliefs & the libs hate that!
#2, I wish that all of us who disapprove of obamacare were in a position to shift from being employees to being sole proprieters, LLCs, subchapter S corps, or whatever. I´m not an accountant, but you get the idea. So, if a company had 15,000 employees, on January 1st, they would have 15,000 business agreements and pay for services rendered through accounts payable instead of payroll. Benefits of doing this en masse seem to be: it helps starve the beast, it lets individuals retake their own 401Ks before democrats steal them (which they already discussed), and it puts healthcare back into the hands of individuals (under 50 employees) so the IRS and HHS would have to fight us individually. This seems to me to be a personal choice and a form of tax avoidance, not tax evasion. The part I like best about this is the increase in paperwork that the government would need to deal with. Right about now, I´d like to see them buried in their own unjust regulatory burdens on the rest of us whom they supposedly serve.
Time to fight fire with fire. Alinsky style tactics at every opportunity to attack the libtards. Every Republican Governor should reject running the insurance excahanges and every company should defy mandated birth control and abortion pills. Just like the commie Dems are trying to overload the system with massive debt, we should overload it right back at them by defying everything they cram down our throat and dare them to try and enforce it.
#10 - The Timber King and I have been thinking along the same lines. For now we´re calling it "intentional non-compliance". We plan to ignore their edicts and regulations by limiting interaction with government agencies at every opportunity. The average bureaucrat will be busy enough with the paperwork required to process the dolts that voluntarily comply so we plan to be the ones that "fall through the cracks".
There is probably a division between married women and the free and easy abortion junta. Perhaps this junta to receive their free anti children fixes should have to register as professional prostitutes and the men who they entertain charged a fee for the pills and abortions instead of the entire nation. Members of Congress the Administration and their employees should pay double.
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