With the Hobby Lobby case being argued at the Supreme Court, birth control pills have once again become media fodder. I don’t understand they position that Hobby Lobby’s trying to argue as the primary purpose of your employer is to pay you for the labor you perform on their behalf. I don’t ever recall any employer trying to dictate exactly what you could or could not do with your benefits. They were usually negotiated as a package deal of some kind, not some kind of a la carte menu for prescriptions, procedures, and acceptable offices to visit.
Prior to the debate and passage of the PPACA, this crap wasn’t even an issue. Hobby Lobby offered medical coverage that included prescription birth control pills, and not a single member of the ownership’s family even made a sigh about covering such a thing. Now,in conjunction with the incessant drumbeat of opposing the current president, it’s suddenly an infringement on a person’s religious beliefs for a totally unaffiliated company to provide prescription medication coverage that includes birth control pills for women.
From my point of view, the entire argument reeks of downright stupidity and unwillingness for people to educate themselves. Thanks to people like Rush Limbaugh, many Americans seem to have the opinion that taking birth control pills is a gateway to becoming a raging nymphomaniac. In actuality, birth control pills are nothing more than doses of female hormones estrogen and progestin, and are a form of hormone therapy. While they are primarily prescribed to prevent pregnancy, there are many other uses for those same pills.
One easy way out of this is to get rid of employer sponsored insurance altogether. Then, nobody has to make up some imaginary idea that a corporation is a person and has a religious belief that can be expressed. A religious corporation is a Church or some other church/religious related entity. Hobby Lobby is a craft store, and unfortunately scrap booking is not a religion.
An even better way is quit letting politicians get their claws into areas they don’t need to be involved with. It seems as though everything that politicians touch turns to crap. The perfect example is our educational system. The same public school system that educated NASA engineers is basically dysfunctional because of the injection of politics where there should be none. Everything in this country does not need to be political nor do they need intervention by politicians. If politicians had not made the idea of birth control pills such a major issue, this post would not exist.