Comment of the Day: The logic of Hobby Lobby

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In response to our post about a DFL proposal that would essentially nullify the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling in Minnesota and force employers to offer contraceptive coverage to their employees, many commenters argued that the decision about what benefits to provide should be left up to bosses.

That's all well and good -- unless your boss, for whatever reason, objects to a medical procedure or prescription that you regard as important for your wellbeing.

The point is made nicely by Tammy Belka:

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A majority (all male) of the U.S. Supreme Court is okay with that, apparently. DFLers like Erin Murphy, on the other hand, are not.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.






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Sam Adams
Sam Adams

I am saddened, but not surprised, by the level of workers' self-hatred expressed in the original comments. Honestly, these people act like the owner is their daddy and they're going to inherit the business someday. These businesses make their profits from our labor. Sometimes they spend part of those profits on a health insurance plan. They do this so their employees won't all quit as soon as they can find a job with benefits. It's not some free gift you get because the boss is a nice guy. It's part of your compensation as a worker, and it comes right out of the profit generated by your labor. That means YOU are paying for it, even if the "employee contribution" is zero. The idea that your employer can then tell you what you can or can't buy with this benefit - which again, is your money - is stupid but, according to the Supreme Court, not yet criminal. It should be.

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

The government should just tax these businesses higher if they want to use this as an excuse to get out of paying for health care coverage.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Shit like this is why more and more companies are simply getting rid of insurance

Derek Eaton
Derek Eaton

I agree Kathie. It's very rare an employer pays 100% of the benefit.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

If I'm paying for over half (which I am) its my health and my money. I should be able to have a say. The employer now days doens't pay the insurance,

Derek Eaton
Derek Eaton

If the employee is contributing to the cost of insurance, they should have a say.

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