Tuesday, March 25, 2014

From Health Care Benefits to Health Care Rights

Today the Supreme Court took up the case of Hobby Lobby and its effort to secure exemption from the PPACA based upon their religious beliefs.

Steve Green, president of the 640 store Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, claims that the requirement that the company provide birth control provisions in the health insurance benefits violates their religious freedom under the Freedom of Religion Restoration Act of 1993.

It is not obvious why a religious conviction carries more weight than any other objection to the PPACA. Religious freedom is one of many natural rights we possess that are codified in the Bill of Rights. Religious freedom does not stand out any more importantly than, say, the right to free speech, to free assembly, and to own firearms. ( There are probably web pages out there with quotes by our founders to the contrary.) One ought to be able to claim exemption from the PPACA for any reason--or no reason at all.

That said, the government and its progressive Social Democrat supporters in the media continue their clumsy compulsion of Americans.

The government basically is arguing that health insurance benefits are now health insurance rights. According to this presupposition, Hobby Lobby should not be allowed to deny the rights of their female employees.

Apparently only the government can deny so-called health care rights. The HHS has excluded some 190 million Americans some kind of exemption from the requirements of the PPACA.

And is any of this a denial of "rights" at all? Exclusions from PPACA simply mean that women--and everyone else--enjoy the same rights that they always exercised before Nancy Pelosi persuaded her fellow Social Democrats to pass the PPACA in order to find out what is in it.

Seeking even 15 more minutes of fame, the parasitic Sandra Fluke weighed in with an article in the Washington Post. Calling the case a catastrophe for women's rights,  she  distinguished between non-profit organizations and for-profit corporations. Not sure what is the difference, other than one operates for profit.

Opponents of Hobby Lobby have gathered outside the Supreme Court building to chant and rap about "no bosses in the bedroom." The irony is that contraception paid for by one's bosses actually puts the boss in the bedroom, at least in the incoherent context suggested by the chanters. The Boss in under the sheet with every associate, guarding against unwanted pregnancies--for his good and yours:  "Yes Ms. Employee, I want to provide for your contraception so that you and your lover can intermingle your bodily secretions without fear of an unwanted pregnancy that might mean lost work time owing to morning sickness and maternity leave."

When the boss does not provide for the contraception for employees, that is when his presence is felt the least.

Hobby Lobby president Steve Green and his mother and co-founder of the company


CW said...

Yes, the Left is VERY intent on making the transition in the minds of the populace from healthcare as a free-market commodity to healthcare as a right, since something that is a right creates an obligation on the part of others to make sure it is provided. There's no difference between what the Left has done here and what happens when an intruder puts a gun to your head an insists he has a "right" to your money. You can argue all you want but the message is clear: he's taking what he wants.

RightDetour said...

Hi CW--

Progressives keeps mixing their notions of "rights" and "equality" into a witch's brew that we are all forced to imbibe.