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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Healthcare? You'll Have to Ask Your Boss

A message from the good folks at Hobby Lobby, praise the Lord:

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which you should take a great interest in, no matter your age, race, orientation, or sex. Hobby Lobby (which takes in over $2 billion a year and employs 22,000 workers) is headquartered in Oklahoma City and owned by the family of founder David Green (net worth $5 billion), who has donated millions to the likes of Jerry Falwell and Oral Roberts.

Green and company are asking the Supreme Court, in effect, to declare that corporations - under the legal fiction of corporate personhood - are entitled to the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment, just like any natural person is. And that would mean that under Obamacare, Green or any other employer in America would not have to pay to cover your contraception expenses, or any other medical treatment that God doesn't approve of - according to their sacred, heartfelt beliefs.

Don't shrug this case off just because you're gay and never get even close to a vajayjay. Think about it, guys - some churches don't approve of vaccinations, psychological therapy, blood transfusions, or even of medical science in general (can you say faith healing?) - so if the Supremes buy Hobby Lobby's argument that they shouldn't have to pay for health insurance that covers anything they have a religious objection to, well, millions of people could be totally out of luck next time they need a doctor's care, or a medicine or procedure that offends somebody's notion of what God Almighty is all about.

This is part of the Republicans' war on women, but the implications extend much further, to men as well as children.  And the votes on the Court look to be evenly spread, with only Justice Kennedy between you and the blessings of theocracy. You really want the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry deciding what your doctor can or can't do for you? Why is no one marching in the streets about this? Why are we even having this discussion in 2014? If you haven't paid attention to this case until now - better get up to speed, because it just might hit you right between the eyes, come the high court's ruling in June.

Scotusblog has numerous articles outlining and analyzing the issues. If you don't have time to read all that, at least watch what Rachel has to say about it - your health and maybe even your life depend on on what's going down at the Supreme Court.

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