Minnesota's own Hobby Lobby: MN businesses gain from SCOTUS ruling

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Advocates of religious liberty have been celebrating across the country since Monday's Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case, which will allow certain family owned or "closely held" businesses to be exempt from the contraceptive mandate under Obamacare, for religious reasons.

But Hobby Lobby isn't the only business that's complained about the ruling in court. According to a June 30th article from the Daily Beast, at least 82 companies have filed similar cases across the country, and with Hobby Lobby getting a religious exemption, those companies most likely will, too.

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Of those companies, eight are actually based in Minnesota. They include:


  • Annex Medical Inc., a medical device company in Minnetonka

  • O'Brien Industrial Holding, a St. Joseph-based manufacturer

  • SMA, LLC, a construction company in Monticello

  • The QC Group, an inspection and training group in Minnetonka

  • Feltl and Company, Inc., an investment banking and brokerage firm based in Minneapolis

  • Doboszenski & Sons, Inc., an excavation company in Loretto

  • Hastings Automotive, a car dealership based in Hastings

  • Stinson Electric, Inc., an electrical services company in Minneapolis


We reached out to the owners of each company to hear what they thought of the rulings and what their next steps were. And while some were thrilled, there was also some confusion thrown into the mix.

Doug Erickson, the owner of Hastings Automotive, directed us to his representative in court, Jeremy Dys, a senior council with the Liberty Institute. Dys told us that the ruling was a big deal for his client, but it was more important for what it establishes across the country.

"I mean, it's obviously a landmark ruling for Doug because the Supreme Court has recognized his right to religious liberty when it came to this case," Dys said. "The Supreme Court has spoken, and that speaks to every case and every company."

Doug Doboszenski, the owner of the excavation company Doboszenski & Sons, Inc., said he's just happy to see the ruling come to an end.

"I'm happy going forward," Doboszenski said. "And frankly, I want it to be over. Because my job's to move dirt rather than argue about that. And frankly after the last six years and the economic situation, I have to make a living."

But one owner still had questions. Paul Archambault, the owner of Stinson Electric, sued the Health and Human Services department earlier this year over the contraceptive mandate, but he wasn't exactly ecstatic about the ruling.

"It's a step in the right direction, but it doesn't really cure our issue," said Archambault.

That issue, Archambault says, is that while the government may allow his company to not provide contraceptives to employees, he's yet to find a Minnesota insurance company who's willing to agree to those conditions, especially for a company with only 15 people. Archambault says that while he's calling every health care provider in the state to find a customized plan that wouldn't include contraception, it's been no luck so far.

"So now it's Stinson Electric against the insurance companies," Archambault said.

But Doboszenski said that his company has been able to find that insurance. He said that while he couldn't do anything about the 50 or so union members who work for him, he was able to find a plan for his other 15 employees through Medica that would omit contraceptive coverage.

Across the state, the SCOTUS ruling has been controversial, with prominent opponents like Al Franken lining up over the past few days to bash the decision. Linnea House, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota told us yesterday that the ruling seems to unfairly come after women

"Companies don't get to say, 'You can't have blood transfusions,' or other treatments they may have an objection to," House said. "The ruling] only affects women, and that's particularly narrow and hurtful, I think."

Send your story tips to the author, Robbie Feinberg. Follow him on Twitter @robbiefeinberg.

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31 comments
deanhinnen
deanhinnen

Equating the morning after pill to a blood transfusion is what's narrow and hurtful about that story. Abortion is murder, not health care. And if you're working full time and you can't afford five dollars a month for birth control pills, you don't need Barack Obama. What you need is someone who can teach you how to balance a checkbook, honey.


Jeremy Hageman
Jeremy Hageman

Romneycare didnt cancel ur insurance. Your company elected not to bring ur policy up to par. So your company cancelled your insurance.

Briana Hulke Moore
Briana Hulke Moore

My old insurance, before my policy got cancelled because of Obamacare, didn't cover iud either. I could have paid out of pocket because it was more affordable to pay an IUD than another child. But that's just me. It's not that IUD are not available to any woman that wants it.

Joni Whiting
Joni Whiting

gain what? i'll be sure to shop their competition and never step foot in one of their stores.

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

I guess I can understand both sides of this debate, but the bottom line is that if you are in that bad of a situation where you cannot afford basic birth control, then perhaps you should....like....you know....not have sex. No where is it written that having sex is some sort of human right. 

Briana Hulke Moore
Briana Hulke Moore

If you really need your plan b head over to walgreens Don't even need a prescription

_Joe_
_Joe_

Stinson Electric:  "Woohoo!  The gubmint can't tell me what to do!"


Stinson Electric:  "Wait...  why can't the gubmint make insurance companies do what I want them to?!?!!?!?"

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

pathetic list of weak minded business owners AKA fascist misogynists 

Anya AthroughZlorenzi
Anya AthroughZlorenzi

I love that poor Stinson Electric can't find an insurer that will customize their plan :) BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Julie Walker Davis
Julie Walker Davis

Thank you for this list. I will print it out and make sure I NEVER do business with any of these companies.

Dawn Marie Peterson
Dawn Marie Peterson

Hey, we won't fund your birth control on our health insurance plan, but we will complain like heck when we have to pay for the medical expenses of your 4th baby and give you 12 weeks off for FMLA.

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

I know where I won't be shopping for Magic: The Gathering card at. Because they don't even carry them there. What kind of hobby store doesn't carry trading cards right? That has nothing to do with the court ruling tho.

Matthew
Matthew

If there is a God -- which, let's be clear, there definitely isn't -- all of these places will go out of business soon.

Mike Boe
Mike Boe

Places to think twice about before accepting a job.

jpinmn
jpinmn

"So now it's Stinson Electric against the insurance companies," Archambault said.

Lol, such a hard knock life when other businesses make it difficult for your business to control your employees healthcare choices. How about trusting your employees to choose what they should have for health care, rather than worrying about that, Stinson?

Robert Hilstrom
Robert Hilstrom

It's against my religion to kill people so I'm holding off on 3/4 of my taxes...the part that goes to the war criminals.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Jeff55414 

No where is it written that having sex is some sort of human right.


You keep telling yourself that buddy.  It will help ease the pain.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Jeff55414 Nowhere is one word. As in, nowhere is it written that assholes like you should be allowed to post your stupid comments here.  

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol You moron.  They can still abort their babies, which is what you want. Now, the employer does not have to pay for it!   Your brain is so small.  

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

You are not going to support them because their employer wont pay for the abortive drugs.  What a moron. Why don't you offer to pay for their abortion pills.    Wow, you are stupid. 

michael.rowe9169
michael.rowe9169

@Matthew hey lets be clear you don't know. Nothing Science has shown me has proven that there is no God. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

Or giving them a dollar.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 Too bad we couldn't have given some extra tax dollars to your mother to do a partial-birth abortion on you. Now that would've been money well-spent! 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 too bad they didn't abort you


do you pray to god too?  give money to church?


you sad little fuck

rosey
rosey

@kurt124 Kurt, I think you need a little education. Contraception is to PREVENT pregnancy which is a completely different issue than abortion. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @kurt124 Come on DIgital, are you having to watch a partial birth abortion again just  to make yourself feel better? My mommy loved me so much that such a murderous thought never crossed her mind.  I bet your mom considered it.  What a horrible life and attitude she passed onto you.    She sure showed you how to hate.   

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124  hey, at least i dont go to church and support pedophiles and fairytales


you clearly have some affinity for liars and charlatans

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