This is not a war

Hobby Lobby decision isn't as 'restrictive' as liberals would have you believe

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For all the “war on women” rhetoric and venom spewing over the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling, it’s prudent to examine what this week’s ruling doesn’t do.

It does not:

• restrict women’s access to contraceptives;

• restrict women’s access to miscarriage-inducing abortifacient drugs;

• restrict women’s access to abortions.

The only thing being restricted is the federal government’s power to force some employers, morally opposed to certain types of birth control, from having to pay for that birth control under Obamacare.

That’s all.

What the Supreme Court essentially says in its 5-4 ruling is that a business owner’s constitutionally protected religious beliefs are not trumped by employees’ expectation of company-subsidized contraception coverage.

If that’s part of a “war,” we’re just not seeing it.

All we see is abject selfishness in the notion that a closely-held or family-owned company should be forced by punitive government mandates to purchase something it finds morally reprehensible.

Why would any decent person even ask someone, especially employers, to violate their most closely held religious or moral values? Hey boss, buy me this thing you find personally abhorrent – but don’t make a fuss about it, OK? Because I’m not really interested in your “values.”

In the case of the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby chain and four-dozen other corporations, the plaintiffs specifically were opposed to purchasing pregnancy-terminating “morning-after” pills. The companies never told employees they couldn’t seek such products, just that they wouldn’t pay for them through the company health plan.

Hobby Lobby, by the way, already provides coverage for 16 forms of contraception for its employees.

But the far left is desperate to turn women against conservatives. It’s the only strategy it has, really. What else is it supposed to do? Make boasts about the flagging U.S. economy? Trumpet nonexistent foreign-policy achievements?

No, it chooses to drive a wedge by convincing women that the Supreme Court’s conservatives somehow reset the social clock back to the 1950s.

“It’s unbelievable that in 2014 we’re still fighting about whether women should have access to birth control,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Pure hogwash, Ms. Richards.

If the clock has been reset at all, then it’s been turned back to 2012. That’s when the flawed Affordable Care Act started requiring bosses to cover circumstances that weren’t previously required health-care services. That’s when Obamacare rules began violating the 20-year-old Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prevents laws that “substantially burden” a person’s right to practice their religion.

If the Hobby Lobby ruling “jeopardizes the health of women,” as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest ludicrously suggested, then that would mean women’s health
has been in peril during all but two years of the 21st century and the entire latter portion of the 20th.

How did we ever survive?

And where was all the outrage then? Where were all the shrill voices – the people now threatening Hobby Lobby with everything from boycotts to arson? Where were the politicians and special-interest groups during the early 2000s when women were hopeless
and helpless vessels of reproduction incapable of surviving without employer-paid contraception?

The warriors were not there because the “war on women” is a political construct of the current administration – a desperate act of a desperate party, desperate to remain relevant amid the ruin it has created.

This bogus war is a cynical and manipulative ploy to turn women into a monolithic voting bloc for liberals. And sadly – unless women can stop being coerced into being foot solders in a fictitious “war” – the ploy might just work.

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fedex227
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fedex227 07/03/14 - 05:26 am
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So says ...
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the editorial staff with no women on it's staff. Women - know your limits!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnFvbOwToxA

carcraft
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carcraft 07/03/14 - 05:44 am
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Well the White House under

Well the White House under Obama pays women less. LOL

ymnbde
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ymnbde 07/03/14 - 05:58 am
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what ever happened to those little Nigerian girls?

Hobby Lobby pays actual money to women
who can then spend that money on any darn thing they wish
and as for the "war on women"
what ever happened to those little Nigerian girls?
bueller? bueller? geez... if that had been little white Swedish girls
Obama himself would have led the Seal rescue team
war indeed... democrats... racists all

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 07/03/14 - 06:21 am
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How would the editorial staff feel if Hobby Lobby was run by Muslims and they were trying to impose sharia law on their employees

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/03/14 - 07:35 am
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Progressive Dems have nothing

Progressive Dems have nothing to run on so they have to create a phony war on women which all the news media will support to try to deflect anyone figuring out all the scandals related to Obama are real (which the media aren't covering). What is Obama going to say Al qaeda and terrorism are decimated-nope, that people love the ACA-nope only those getting freebie, the economy is great-with a 2.6% drop in GDP think not. They have an empty hat so it's the war on women and global warming is their hot tickets-pathetic isn't it. They can't run on a record of achievements with record high energy prices, economy staggering except for Obama and his 1% friends he demonized but was a lie because he has helped them to make huge wealth in the stock market-pay back for supporting him.

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hoptoad 07/03/14 - 07:51 am
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War??? What war!

It used to be hard for me to believe the mainstream media could say some of the things they say. Now I not only believe they are capable of saying untrue, skewed, and biased nonsense, I am no longer surprised and actually expect it.
Bizkit is right that the left has no accomplishments, no record to run on so they must continually attack the conservatives in an effort to make them the evil empire and hopefully, gain the women's voting bloc.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/03/14 - 07:57 am
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Fedex

I don't visit Utube, but I suspect it's some liberal tripe. Why don't you libs refer us to something with facts and figures from documented sources instead of a talking head who makes up his own "facts" freshly pulled from the sky.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/03/14 - 08:02 am
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The first women in Congress

The first women in Congress was a REp. The present Congress has 82 women that are Rep, and 62 women who are Dem. Now it is difficult to make an argument of a "War on Women" when there are more Rep women in Congress. Well unless the Dems are lying again and the real war on women is being perpetuated by the Dems.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 07/03/14 - 08:25 am
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I think you need to take a

I think you need to take a step back, and get to the root of the issues. The creators of the Affordable Care Act took great care to analyze all medical treatments that resulted in an overall reduction in health care costs. Then, they made all of them forced 100% coverage by law. These include yearly physicals, vaccinations, mammograms and PSA tests. And prescription birth control. Yes, birth control saves money, because it reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies, and unwanted pregnancies, by and large, have huge costs associated with them. Many of those costs are medical. But others are associated with changes in life choices, primarily for women. The costs, both medical and other, related to use of birth control, are almost all to women.

So, yes, this is a WOMAN's issue, not a MAN's issue.

Anyway, Obamacare made prescription birth control 100% covered, and gave religious organizations an out. They sign a waiver, and instead of the religious organization paying, the insurance company will pay (remember, it saves them money). No, with the Hobby Lobby ruling, Hobby Lobby SHOULD end up paying more in health care premiums to avoid "paying" for something that has a net effect to reduce costs.

The insurance company will probably float the presciption carrying employee anyway, BECAUSE IT SAVES THEM MONEY.

So, in a strange way, it really is about the principle of the thing. Insurance will make sure those women get birth control, because it SAVES THEM MONEY.

But the cause of all of this is not Obama seeking to provide contraception for all women. His health care team is trying to get health care costs under control.

DanK
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DanK 07/03/14 - 08:38 am
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Demographics

Old white men passing laws to limit the choices of women. Old white men passing judgment to undermine the few legal protections women have gained over the past 50 years. Old white men writing editorials defending the systematic erosion of women's rights. Old white men posting comments supporting limitations on access to health care options by women. Yes, it is a war on women -- by old white men.

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billcass 07/03/14 - 08:48 am
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Please explain to me

How women managed to survive this "war" for all but two years of this country's existence. And the absurd comment that this is "old white men" passing these laws defies the reality of the number of Republican women in congress. Contrary to the liberal talking point, the fact that I don't have to pay for a woman's contraceptives, abortion pills or anything else does not equate to a war on women.

JB68
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JB68 07/03/14 - 09:01 am
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DanK

Old burned out liberals posting useless rhetoric because they have nothing substantive to offer about the real issues facing this country!

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rmwhitley 07/03/14 - 09:13 am
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For ALL of
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you "downtrodden" women who "suffer" from the "conservative's WAR ON WOMEN" MOVE to iraq, sudan, afghanistan, you poor babies. Then bite me.

dahreese
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dahreese 07/03/14 - 09:16 am
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This editorial is obviously
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This editorial is obviously written by a male(s) who know(s) nothing about females.

Just the usual AC crap.

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Riverman1 07/03/14 - 09:26 am
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When Did This Start?

Old burned out liberals with earrings like Bill Ayers, having LSD flashbacks often and shouting how bad America is for waging war on women. But I have a question. When did free birth control become the norm? It wasn't always that way.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/03/14 - 09:33 am
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So it's a woman's issue
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So it's a woman's issue WBC.....THIS woman agrees with the SCOTUS that an employer can't be forced to provide what it is morally opposed to. Guess what. If I work at Hobby Lobby, I can still get any kind of birth control i want. Not one single choice has been taken from me regardless how many times the sexist/racist make claims that the "old white men" have.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/03/14 - 09:36 am
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Before O'care, women paid for

Before O'care, women paid for their own birth control and chose their own method of birth control. Now the libs are trying to float the idea that because they may have to chose and pay for their own birth control, there is a war on women??
As for reducing the number of births, not too long ago many of the births to single mothers were purposely planned to garner government benefits. Those births are now down in number so what happened - the women got smart and decided to use birth control even before O wanted to give it to them for free.
Furthermore, walterBC, this is a man's issue also. The last I heard, men had a role in creating a pregnancy. And a woman's health is important to her husband/partner, or should be as she is the one who cares for the children created by both of them.
The only war on women is on the lying tongues of liberals.

JB68
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JB68 07/03/14 - 09:39 am
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Walt

"The creators of the Affordable Care Act took great care to analyze all medical treatments that resulted in an overall reduction in health care costs."

The only great care taken was to get this rammed through Congress when the dems had a super majority.

To get costs down under $1 trillion (over the 1st 10 yrs) they used the gimmick of paying for it for several years before it went into effect. Well, that didn't work because the cost has risen to well over $1 trillion and the cost continues to rise. (What about the next 10 year period when there is no 3 yr period of non-implementation??) Please understand that the ACA will not save money!

At hobby lobby there are 16 choices of birth control that will still be covered so quit trying to make an issue when there is none. Geez!!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/03/14 - 09:40 am
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ACA did not have the coverage

ACA did not have the coverage in the bill ...it was added by the acting health sect. SEBILUS...so it was not voted on in the traditional way but one of many rules and regulation that have been added to the bill...one person decision now trumps million and millions..and she was appointed..granted the law allowes her to do it..BUT that is a major flaw in our legislative process...all bills should be 1 line item...meaning if you want say for instance want medicare to allow viagra..its a simple up and down vote..not added to any massive legislation or as a rider...it would cut out pork barrell and a lot of wasreful spending...and not allow a beurocrat to write a regulation that affects millions...this is not a representative republic...

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/03/14 - 09:40 am
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My insurance doesn't pay for
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My insurance doesn't pay for condoms. Does that mean there is a war on men?

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RMSHEFF 07/03/14 - 09:43 am
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Hobby Lobby pays for 16 out

Hobby Lobby pays for 16 out of 20 birth control prescriptions and 4 it refuses to pay for are abortifacients. They end a life right after it begins. As a Christian I agree with Hobby Lobby and we should not be forced to pay for the ending of a human life. I know some on this board like Fedx, Dand & WBC don't believe in God or His Word but some of us do so they should be willing to help these poor women pay for their abortions if they so choose but don't try to force the rest of us to pay.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/03/14 - 09:45 am
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I guess the left believes you
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I guess the left believes you have freedom of religion, unless you make a profit.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 07/03/14 - 09:47 am
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JB68

You are exactly right. This law was so poorly written that its greatest enemy is the law itself. It can't work !

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/03/14 - 09:49 am
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I have a Constitutionally
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I have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. Is my employer denying me that right because they won't pay for my weapon?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/03/14 - 09:55 am
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Well if Hobby Lobby should

Well if Hobby Lobby should "pay more" then all the states who opted out of expanding Medicaid should recieve the same funds as the States who expanded Medicaid because of the SCOTUS ruled they could legally opt out but due to equality under the law the States should receive the same federal dollars-the plan called for them to receive these federal dollars. Both arguments ridiculous. Does the ACA pay for men's condoms (birth control)-if not isn't that discriminatory. They have heath advantages for men with STDs and gives them birth control options.

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RMSHEFF 07/03/14 - 09:57 am
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PondLife

In an earlier post WalterBradford Cannon stated Obamacare was concerned with the profitability of insurance companies. This is a new one.....I thought insurance companies were EVIL or was it just the profits that were EVIL …. maybe WBC is only hoping to harness the power of greed.

"The insurance company will probably float the prescription carrying employee anyway, BECAUSE IT SAVES THEM MONEY.

So, in a strange way, it really is about the principle of the thing. Insurance will make sure those women get birth control, because it SAVES THEM MONEY."

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/03/14 - 09:57 am
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The government is denying my
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The government is denying my freedom of religion because they won't provide me a free ride to church. How dare they.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/03/14 - 10:05 am
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But the Hobby Lobby decision

But the Hobby Lobby decision doesn't prevent women from receiving their birth control at Hobby lobby. It is still covered by insurance-just Hobby lobby doesn't have to pay for it. "The case is the first time that the court has recognized a for-profit corporation's claim of religious belief,[1] but it is limited to closely held corporations under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The court did not address whether such corporations are protected by the free-exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution. For such companies, the court directly struck down the contraceptive mandate, a regulation adopted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Affordable Care Act, requiring employers to cover certain contraceptives for their female employees. The court said it was not the least restrictive way to ensure access to contraceptive care because the government can assume the cost.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 07/03/14 - 10:05 am
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Biz....your post was
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Biz....your post was informative and well thought out. However "war on women" has a better ring to it, don't ya think?

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RMSHEFF 07/03/14 - 10:07 am
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Walt

Your statement "The creators of the Affordable Care Act took great care to analyze all medical treatments that resulted in an overall reduction in health care costs." This is one of the funniest statements I have come across in a long time! Thanks for the good joke. They took such great care, they can't even tell if those that are getting federal subsidies are entitled to be covered or even if they are American citizens. This gives me great assurance and comfort.....how about you?

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