The Justice Department last week presented the Newland family of Colorado--who own Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business--with what amounted to an ultimatum: Give up your religion or your business. The Obama administration mandate forces employers to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and other offensive items that are against the Newland Family's deep commitment to their faith.
The government is forcing the Newland family to desert their faith by complying, or resist and be punished.
How is demanding to pick and choose what kind of medical care your employees obtain with the insurance you provide them particularly different from demanding they get your permission to buy things with the salary you pay them?
Or, the other side of the coin...
Newland family to their employees: Give up your control over your reproductive habits or give up your job.
Is the HVAC business really so slow that they have time to waste on this?
Q: Should the government be allowed to do this?
Allowed by whom? That's the problem. The government is the ultimate authority, and the sellouts on the court have decided in favor of government micromanaged control of our lives.
It doesn't seem that they have any choice. I hope they take this to court, take it all the way up, and render the ACA completely toothless. But, unfortunately, it's the law of the land, and it's been "rammed down our throats."
I concede ARK's point, but he's failing to realize that employees are not forced to work for that company...and that they're able to purchase additional coverage, or just pay for condoms and birth control pills out of their own pocket.
What if I own a business and am a member of an obscure religion that believes a person in a comatose state is actually in the afterlife and therefore no attempt to resuscitate them can be made? What do I say to my employee whose husband was in a car wreck and is in a coma? Pay out of pocket or pull the plug immediately? Are you going to defend my "religious freedom" to make that decision for her?
Anyway, we all know the only reason Catholics oppose birth control is because it interferes with making sure their priests have a steady supply of children to molest.
Ask not why we do it, for yea verily, we do it for teh lulz.
So basically a private company has picked up the same fight the Catholic church has been having?
My argument hasn't changed then. No need to go down that road again.
Cause its the olympics and I'm distracted?
But we must give TT his chance!
This is not an exact parallel to the Catholic objection. In the case of the Church, the argument is both moral (religious) and constitutional, in that historically well-defined religious ministries [in health care and social justice] are required to provide payment for services antithetical to the tenets of their faith. The crux of that argument is that the current HHS regulations make a constitutionally prohibited (and very restrictive) definition of "an establishment of religion".
In the case of Hercules Industries, it's going to be a long, hard row to hoe to prove that a sheet metal business is a religious ministry. That's the family's problem, a HVAC company is not an exercise of an establishment of religion. It's a secular sheet metal business, which means it's legal operation puts it well within the purview of government regulations. If religious exemptions to government regulations are determined by the faith of the operator, rather than the religious mission of the entity, you've opened the door to an anarchist's dream world, where every individual makes his own personal rules, and doesn't have to consider anyone else.