The Belligerent Hobby Lobby

Yes, the Supreme Court denied Hobby Lobby’s request for a stay on contraception coverage, but the company head would rather pay steep fines than comply.

With Wednesday’s rejection of an emergency stay of that federal health care law by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel could be subject to fines of up to $1.3 million a day beginning Tuesday.

“They’re not going to comply with the mandate,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company. “They’re not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan.”

As for the potential fines, Duncan said, “We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Since contraception isn’t an “abortion-inducing” drug, things should be all cleared up, right?

Not so fast. The company owner and his legal representation apparently don’t know their ass from their elbow, and because of their arrogance and stupidity, and their religious zealotry, women employees will be treated as second class for the immediate future.

(h/t ThinkProgress)

Print Friendly
This entry was posted in Healthcare and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • zirgar

    And depending on how long Hobby Lobby holds out and how much the subsequent fines eventually amount to, HL will undoubtedly fire/layoff employees to recoup the financial loss and will blame the all-intrusive federal government for forcing the company’s hand in the matter. And for what? For being stupid fucking assholes.

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      Too bad the court can’t throw him in the slammer for contempt.

      • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

        The owners of Olive Garden etc. (Darden) took at hit from American conumers who detest how these rich asshats treat their staff. Nobody likes jerks who feel they are above the law.
        Hobby Lobby may yet feel contempt!

    • D_C_Wilson

      He’ll probably take the company into bankruptcy over this. Then the republicans will take it up as a new line of attack against “job-killing Obamacare”.

    • stacib23

      HL will undoubtedly fire/layoff employees to recoup the financial loss…

      Women or the people he assumes voted for Obama?

      • muselet

        Both, I expect.

        –alopecia

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    “Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel could be subject to fines of up to $1.3 million a day beginning Tuesday”.
    That’s a tidy new revenue stream for the new ACA exchange and the Fed will be itching to make an example recalcitrant bufoons.

  • http://twitter.com/bubblegenius Bubble Genius

    Guess what small business just unsubscribed from the Hobby Lobby email list? :)

  • muselet

    “They’re not going to offer coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the insurance plan.”

    I really wish someone on the Right had passed Biology in middle school.

    –alopecia

    • mrbrink

      I think “Biology” is now an abstinence-only course most states.

  • vocqueen

    Funny thing is, they used to over contraceptives, but when Obamacare went into effect, they started to throw their hissy fits and stopped offering it. WHAAAAAA?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-Jones/1039564193 Douglas Jones

    My “favorite” part of this story is that before the Affordable Care Act was passed the health insurance Hobby Lobby was providing covered some of these services for women. They wished to cut those services only after the ACA made these services part of a base set of services all people must recieve.

    So, Hobby Lobby’s bullheadedness is revealed to have nothing to do with religions freedom. And, as pointed out above, they’re wrong in factual ways about how various forms of contraceptives work. So, they’re intransigent and misinformed. This proves that Hobby Lobby’s management is perfectly representative of the Republican base, and that immorality and stupididity are no bars to big business success. So much for the sainted image of the “job creators”