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Published On: Sat, Jul 5th, 2014

Why was Hillary Clinton ‘bewildered and confused’ by Hobby Lobby case

The likely Democratic candidate for President in 2016 was described as “very bewildered and confused” by the Supreme Court’s ruling to further allow employers with religious objections to avoid offering contraceptives in their healthcare plans. In fact, Hillary Clinton thinks that Congress should act so a private company like Hobby Lobby can be forced to pay for services against their religion.

”There has to be some action taken, in the Congress or by the executive to try to clarify what the court just did,” she said in an interview with ABC News’ Ann Compton.

“It’s very troubling that a salesclerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health care plan because her employer doesn’t think she should be using contraception,” Clinton said.

Hobby Lobby’s website says the company does in fact support the other 16 forms of contraception. Here are some excerpts from its Frequently Asked Questions page:

Q: Is Hobby Lobby preventing its employees from buying contraceptives under its plan?

A: Not at all. The Greens (the family that owns the company) and their family businesses respect the individual liberties of all their employees. The Greens and their family businesses have no objection to the other 16 FDA-approved contraceptives required by the law that do not interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg. They provide coverage for such contraceptives under their health care plan. Additionally, the four objectionable drugs and devices are widely available and affordable, and employees are free to obtain them.

Q: But isn’t Hobby Lobby depriving its women employees of health care?

A: Just the opposite: the Greens and their family businesses, including Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., offer their employees – nearly 70 percent of whom are women – a robust benefit plan that includes coverage for preventive care and almost all of the contraceptives required under the Affordable Care Act. That plan includes an on-site clinic with no co-pay at Hobby Lobby headquarters, and all full-time employees are eligible to enroll in a generous benefit plan: including medical, dental, prescription drugs, along with long-term disability and life insurance, and a 401(k) plan with a generous company match.

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So is the former Secretary of State outraged that Hobby Lobby won’t pay for morning after pills and IUDs or could there be something else here?

The Daily Beast counts 82 companies, nonprofit groups and universities that have challenged the contraceptive mandate, so Hobby Lobby is hardly alone.

Maybe that’s the problem – there’s a large contingent that doesn’t want the authoritative Federal mandates to dictate how they run their company, especially when it’s against their religion.

Maybe she’s “very bewildered and confused” that companies would want to refuse big government intervention.

Democrats don’t care what the SCOTUS decides: “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will,” Patti Murray of Washignton state said. Those sentiments were echoed Monday by other key Democratic senators, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Tom Harkin of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

So when conservatives, Evangelicals speak out against gay marriage, even after judicial decisions, they are hatemongers, but the Democrats will not face such scrutiny getting companies to pay for IUDs and Plan B pills.

 

 

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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  1. Mea says:

    Don’t confuse the issue. Gay rights are a human rights issue. You’re not going to get away with discriminating against a human because of your fictions. The religious right on the court pulled off the contraception thing because you’re actually killing something that some take to be a human with those forms of birth control. Obama opened that door with the exemption for religious groups.

    Homophobia is just fear of the different. There is no valid basis for it. Whereas one need not be religious at all to see that abortificants are embryo killers that might bring objection.

    Abortion and gay rights are nothing alike. And yes, many anti gay people are haters. I’ve seen it up close and personal.

    • Ray says:

      “Abortion and gay rights are nothing alike.” ageed and Mea, there’s no reason to be discussing homosexuality on the Hillary Clinton thread….is there?

  2. Julie Baxter says:

    What Hobby Lobby and the other businesses like them are REALLY doing is forcing THEIR religious beliefs on the women unfortunate enough to have gone to work for them. This “news” article is so blatantly dishonest it’s hard to believe. The morning after pill prevents many, many abortions, as well, so we can look forward to an upsurge in abortions and heartbreaking accidental unwanted pregnancies. And as always, this cruel, uncaring decision will hurt poor women the most. Jesus would weep at what is being done in his name by so-called “Christians.” Maybe Hobby Hobby should look at some of the gun “decor” they sell, and give a little thought to about what Jesus would think about THAT. They obviously couldn’t care less about the real, living children who are killed with handguns in our schools and on our streets. Shame!!!

    • Ray says:

      “Jesus would weep” at the death of another chilld? How about just fixing the adoption fees so it doesn’t cost and arm and a leg to add a child to a family. The murder of a child has nothing to do with this.

      This is government telling Hobby Lobby that they MUST cover something, they cannot deviate from Big Brother new Obamacare plans. The person can buy the morning after pill themselves if they cannot stop themselves from making these bad decisions and need to pop them like M&Ms because it isn’t about expense for them.

      It’s always so revealing to hear everyone tell Christians how they think and feel when they disagree with the far light ideology.

  3. mike says:

    What we need in the media is more right-wing propaganda. Thanks a ton.

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