Your Religious Rights vs. ObamaCare
The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) was signed into law on March 23rd, 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in June of 2012. This new law has been vigorously fought against every step of the way. With Obama winning the election, Republicans have had to give in and abandon plans to overturn it.
Now a new player has joined the fight citing their religious freedoms, which might change everything.
The nation’s largest arts and crafts retailer, evangelical-owned Hobby Lobby, has filed a lawsuit against the Government. They claim their religious freedoms have been violated by this law.
The law mandates that most businesses must provide healthcare for their employees. That health care includes providing funds for the morning-after pill, a.k.a. emergency contraception, which is considered an abortion-causing drug by Hobby Lobby CEO & Founder David Green.
If they were forced to pay for it, it would mean that they support abortions and would go against everything Evangelical Christians believe.
Hobby Lobby is now facing hefty government fines.
The bill includes “unprecedented preventative care and protections including insurance companies no longer being able to deny individuals for preexisting conditions or to drop them from coverage when they get sick” (Source: ObamaCareFacts.com).
With ObamaCare, 47 million women will gain access to women’s health services, including preventative and wellness services.
Once fully implemented, it will fund abortions with taxpayer money.
Hobby Lobby and several other for-profit companies refuse to comply.
On Dec. 26, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who hears emergency appeals for the U.S. 10th Circuit, refused to block the new regulations, ruling that Hobby Lobby must comply while it awaits a decision in federal court.
This means that Hobby Lobby could be fined as much as $1.3 million per day by the IRS. (According to the Affordable Care Act, refusal to comply can result in fines of $100 per day per employee.).
This movement against the law is gaining momentum and it looks like we might see it going back to the Supreme Court again.
Can the government FORCE Pro-Life companies to provide funds for “abortions”?
Right now, the answer is YES!
Here’s the letter written by Hobby Lobby Founder David Green:
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.
But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.
So, Hobby Lobby – and my family – are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.
My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American – and no American business – should have to make.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.
Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
What do you think about Hobby Lobby’s situation? Do you agree with them? Let us know in the comments below!