Claiming as a "person" they can have religious convictions - and use that to cut contraceptive coverage out of their employee healthcare plans. The craft store chain, Hobby Lobby, is defying the Obamacare requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in their healthcare plans for female employees – even after their appeal to the Supreme Court was tossed out.
In doing so, Hobby Lobby faces as much as a $1.3 million fine per day. But now a lower court has ruled that the company can have religion - and force it on their employees. The Seventh Circuit Appeals Court ruled last Friday that requiring a for-profit corporation to provide contraceptive coverage violates that corporation’s First Amendment right of religious liberty…since, as the high court said in Citizens United, corporations are people.
Now that two lower courts are at odds on this issue, the Supreme Court will take it up – meaning tens of millions of women across the country might have their rights to equal healthcare treatment with men overturned by a corporation’s right to religious freedom. This is insanity.