Friday, July 19, 2013

Win for Hobby Lobby (and religious freedom)

"Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. won a temporary reprieve on Friday from federal penalties as much as $1.3 million a day for failing to offer insurance coverage for emergency contraceptives to its more than 13,000 employees."

A little background:
Heaton earlier this year denied the company's motion for an injunction against potential penalties, but that ruling was overturned last month by a federal appeals court....The panel of eight appellate court judges who heard arguments in May ruled unanimously that Hobby Lobby and its affiliated Christian bookstore chain Mardel have the right to sue over the Affordable Care Act. “A religious individual may enter the for-profit realm intending to demonstrate to the marketplace that a corporation can succeed financially while adhering to religious values,” the judges said in the ruling.
Also, another terrific piece by Michael Cannon laying out the problems Obamacare has ran into. He concludes: "So the question this supposed exposé really answers is: aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how’s ObamaCare implementation going?"

I attended a presentation Friday by Beverly Gossage, who is running for Kansas Insurance Commissioner. It was very in-depth and showed her expertise. A true proponent of free-market reforms. She did a podcast with Ben Domenech last year that can be heard here. She's been endorsed by Newt.

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