Religious organizations have objected to the Obamacare requirement that the health insurance they give their employees must provide for free contraception and morning-after-pills. Now the Obama administration has issued new rules for how those organizations can sort-of opt out of the mandate, while still providing free contraception and morning-after-pills. [Read more…]
The Obama administration released new guidelines meant to resolve the issue of religious institutions having to provide free contraceptive and abortifacient coverage under Obamacare. This will have no effect on businesses run by pro-life individuals, who will still have to provide the coverage. Read details after the jump. So is this a solution? [Read more…]
Having lost its court case, Hobby Lobby is refusing to pay for abortifacient drugs, as mandated by Obamacare. So since January 1, it has been racking up fines of $1.3 million every day. There is a company that is putting its money where its convictions are. Does anyone know any other companies owned by pro-life individuals that are resisting the law and paying the price like this?
By Friday Hobby Lobby would have racked up $14.3 million dollars in fines from the IRS for bucking Obamacare. The company is facing $1.3 million dollars a day in fines for each day they choose not to comply with a piece of the health care law that was set to trigger for them on January 1.
The craft store chain announced in December because of religious objections they would face the fines for not providing certain types of birth control through their company health insurance.
The $100 per day, per employee, fines have gone into effect for employers that refuse to provide insurance that includes free contraception and abortion-causing drugs.
Churches are exempt, and non-profit religious organizations were granted a one-year reprieve, but companies owned by pro-life individuals must either comply or start paying the fines.
Meanwhile, court cases have ruled all over the map on this issue. For where things stand now, see Courts Issue Contradictory Rulings as Contracepti… | Christianity Today.
An appeals courts has given a victory to Christian colleges suing over Obamacare’s requirement that they provide free contraceptives and morning-after pills. But another appeals court has upheld the requirement for Christian-owned businesses.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday sided with Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College in a decision related to the ongoing court challenges to the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. The court said it would hold the Obama administration to its promise to never implement the current birth control mandate and to create a new rule by August, as part of the court decision.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to give it updates every 60 days, beginning in February, until a new rule is issued in August. The lawsuits will be held in abeyance until that time.
“There will, the government said, be a different rule for entities like the appellants,” the court wrote, “and we take that as a binding commitment. The government further represented that it would publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the new rule in the first quarter of 2013 and would issue a new Final Rule before August 2013. We take the government at its word and will hold it to it.”
Sebelius first issued the rule in January. As part of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” she ruled that employers must cover contraception, sterilization and some abortifacient drugs in their health care insurance for employees. There is a religious exemption, but the exemption is so narrow that most religious employers, including religious schools, are not exempt. There have been about 40 lawsuits related to the mandate.
No such good news for Hobby Lobby, whose owners are devout pro-life Christians:
A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to shield Hobby Lobby Stores from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate — and the fines that come with it for not complying — in a blow to the largest employer to challenge the ObamaCare rule.
In response, the Christian-owned company vowed to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.
CEO David Green, who had taken his case to the appeals court after losing in a lower-court ruling, had argued that his family would have to either “violate their faith by covering abortion-causing drugs or be exposed to severe penalties.”
The mandate requires businesses and organizations, with some exceptions, to provide access to contraception coverage — Hobby Lobby was most concerned about coverage for the morning-after pill, which some consider tantamount to an abortion-causing drug. Hobby Lobby has refused to comply, while saying the fines could add up to $1.3 million a day. . . .
There are currently more than 40 cases pending against that rule, though the Supreme Court has not yet stepped into the fray.
In its ruling, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said the company did not prove the rule would “substantially burden” its religious freedom. Though the mandate has exemptions for religious entities like churches, the lower court ruled that Hobby Lobby is not a religious group.
As of today, women can get free contraceptives and abortifacients, as well as other goodies that their insurance will have to give them without co-pays to doctors:
Democrats hailed the Aug. 1 introduction of these Affordable Care Act services as a turning point at which the American public would finally grasp the magnitude of healthcare reform.
The new services that will be required to be offered under insurance plans without a co-payment are well-woman visits, gestational diabetes screening, domestic violence screening and counseling, contraception and contraceptive counseling, breastfeeding support and supplies, HPV DNA testings, sexually transmitted infections counseling, and HIV screening and counseling.
Health & Human Services considers “morning after pills,” “week after pills,” and other measures that prevent the embryo from attaching to the womb or that cause expulsion to be “contraceptives.” For those who believe life begins at conception, that is abortion. And we are all going to be paying for that, even if your religion forbids it.