Washington - Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is bracing for a $1.3 million a day fine beginning January 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare. The company opposes providing some contraceptives to employees through its company health care plan on religious grounds, saying some contraceptive products, like the morning after pill, equate to abortion. After failing to receive temporary relief from the fines from the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby announced late Thursday through its attorneys that it "will continue to provide health
Hobby Lobby can stop providing health insurance to its employees and pay the Obamacare fines; it´s cheaper. If you kill off employer provided health insurance, you pave the way to single-payer. That´s the plan. The Democrats want a unionized government run healthcare care system modeled after the appallingly bad NHS system in England. Almost all NHS employees vote Labor (i.e. Socialist) and the NHS is the 3rd largest bureaucracy in the world after the Chinese Red Army and the Indian Railways. It is all about power and control for the Left. It has nothing to do with improving healthcare.
Just the merest slight trickle coming out of the dam face. I can imagine that Hobby Lobby will close down for the duration rather than pay that fine. So will many others big and small.
One thing is for sure, having to pay a fine for not providing what was a perk for many years is not going to go over very well. Company funded health care is on it´s way bye bye.
Reply 7 - Posted by:
get er done, 12/28/2012 12:48:57 AM (No. 9086936)
Is the $1.3 million per day penalty an example of what Roberts referred to as a "tax?"
Reply 8 - Posted by:
Ida Lil, 12/28/2012 1:44:00 AM (No. 9086958)
As I have already said and will repeat once---- hire only men because they don´t get pregnant and the insurance isn´t needed because it´s a forced on us women´s right with men not included. All women who intend to use the free be´s should have to register and publicly declare their status so men can look beyond them for partners.
One thing you can be sure of is no liberal or muslim owned company would face a million dollar a day fine.This is pure and simple religious persecution which is banned under the first amendment. Of course judge Sotomanure couldn´t see that.
All they need to do is move their headquarters to one of the states that has opted out of the healthcare exchange and suffer no fines for not offering corporate insurance. The states that have opted out cannot fine corporations or individuals without insurance. Let the federal ecxhange handle their coverage.
May not be the most appetizing solution to the employees, but it´s better than tanking the company and having no job at all.
I wonder if it would be possible for Hobby Lobby to make every store into its own LLC, thereby keeping the number of employees under the Obamacare minimum. Of course, they could also incorporate in Bermuda, thereby leaving the US altogether. Corporations aren´t stupid, and even a 3,000 page nightmare law has loopholes.
As Jay Sekulow mentioned in an interview this morning, the First Amendment doesn´t mention "non-profit." In any case, Christianity is not "non-profit," for what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?
Christianity encourages the greatest of profit-seeking, and speaks well of all lesser kinds of profit-seeking, as long as it is subordinated to that greatest.
As others have observed, this is nothing less than a war against Christian values.
#17, 20, et al: Not setting up an Obamacare healthcare exchange doesn´t exempt people in the state from Obamacare regulations -- it just lets the federal program provide the healthcare exchange services for them
There is no opting out of Obamacare or the HHS decrees, except for those orgs whose waiver applications are approved.
My church currently has a prayer vigil for Hobby Lobby. We support them for their position. No one should be forced to provide birth control. What we need to work on is eliminating access to birth control, abortion and promiscuity.
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