01 July 2014
The Supreme Court decoupaged over reproductive rights, ruling Hobby Lobby Stores and other corporations can opt out of Obamacare's no-cost contraceptive benefits, forcing employees to pay out-of-pocket for services which are free to everyone else.
It's not that Hobby Lobby is cheap. Birth control is paid for by the insurance company. It's not that Hobby Lobby is strategic, using more unwanted pregnancies to sell baby shower paraphernalia.
Hobby Lobby is human. Using corporate personhood, the legal reasoning that corporations are people, Hobby Lobby can have a religious status on Facebook. Using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which says the government cannot burden someone's exercise of religion, Hobby Lobby can argue against laws, like the Affordable Care Act, that challenge its beliefs.
Since Hobby Lobby's owners believe some birth control ends life and because Obamacare includes contraceptives in every health insurance plan as an essential benefit, Hobby Lobby can take those provisions away from employees, according to the Supreme Court's ruling.
But are corporations limited to being people? What if Hobby Lobby wanted to be Pokemon instead? It already behaves like one.
Essentially, Hobby Lobby's usage of religion as a sword and a shield is equivalent to the sword and shield pokemon, Aegislash. Its signature ability, "Stance Change" allows Aegislash to change forms in battle. When it becomes a sword Aegislash can impale opponents, like Hobby Lobby can wield religion as a sword to excise contraceptive benefits from employees' health insurance. When used as a shield, Aegislash protects itself like Hobby Lobby uses religion to protect its interests.
Those interests include Hobby Lobby's $73 million held in mutual funds with investments in contraceptive manufacturers. Even more ironically, Hobby Lobby's group insurance covered 16 contraceptives prior to 2012 - 2 years after Obamacare passed. Maybe it took a few years to notice the hypocrisy. Actually, it did. Should Hobby Lobby be compared to Slowpoke?
If your job doesn't impose its religion- I mean provide group insurance, you can buy individual or family health insurance that covers preventive care, like preventable childbirth.
Birth control is free, unless you work for Hobby Lobby, in which case your out-of-pocket payment can be kept in a craft tote with 49 other pockets.