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Hobby Lobby standing on principle in vow to continue its fight against mandate

By The Daily Oklahoman Staff

The Daily Oklahoman - The state of Washington is raising its minimum wage to $9.19 an hour, highest among 50 states. San Francisco is moving to $10.55 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, but some congressional Democrats want to raise it to $9.80 over two years.

In comparison, full-time employees at Hobby Lobby earn at least $13 an hour; part-time workers make at least $9. The company has boosted the minimum wage of its 15,300 employees for four consecutive years. Hobby Lobby CEO David Green and his wife, Barbara, also have vowed to donate much of their fortune to charity.

Ironically, the values prompting the Greens' generosity to workers and charities are now leading to a face-off with the federal government.

Obamacare mandates coverage of what many consider abortion-causing drugs. The Greens' religious beliefs, which fuel their altruism, also cause them to oppose funding abortion. The company is prepared to defy the mandate, potentially costing Hobby Lobby $1.3 million per day in fines. That will ultimately cost jobs and depress wages for the types of workers liberals like President Barack Obama claim to support, at least in theory.

The Greens don't want to choose between following the law or abandoning their religious faith. But if forced to do so, it's clear which path they'll take. This is civil disobedience at its finest, comparable to civil-rights era efforts where individuals defied bad laws to effect change.

The Obama administration must now decide if unfettered access to the week-after pill is more important than preserving jobs at a company whose employee pay policies should make it a liberal cause celebre, not a source of derision.

Sadly, Obama's desire to advance the abstract whims of fringe elements in his political base appears far stronger than his commitment to support actual workers, and their generous employers, in the real world.

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  1. sam236Comment by sam236
    December 31, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    I would bet if given the choice, most employees of Hobby Lobby would gladly buy their own morning-after pills in exchange for working for a solid company that pays better than minimum wage.

    This is another example of government assuming it knows what’s best and ramming it down people’s throats, even if it destroys the jobs of the very people they’re trying to “help.”

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  2. Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
    December 31, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    This clearly is the government trying to rewrite the 1st Amendment. The first clause states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This means Congress is PROHIBITED from making a law that interferes with ANYONE’S ability to freely exercise their religion. It is not just a matter of principle but also holding to the wording of our Constitution.
    Somehow the people that wrote and passed this Act think that because they left out the word religion when writing it means that religious rights can be ignored.
    Perhaps what we need is a class action suit against the government for requiring religious people or anyone for that matter being forced to pay for someone else’s birth control or abortion pills. Birth control is not a health care matter but rather a choice of lifestyle. If a person should choose to have this type of lifestyle then they should pay for it.

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  3. Comment by Anonymous
    December 31, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Business such as Hobby Lobby who have moral concerns about employee health care should switch to a P-HRA where: (Portable-Healthcare Reimbursement Arrangement).
    Employers make defined contributions into employee-owned accounts, eliminates employer moral conflicts.
    Employee selects coverage to meet their needs or beliefs, no one-size fits all
    Other family members or part-time employers may contribute into shared family policy,
    Account (policy) belongs to employee, stays with them between jobs, no COBRA..
    Employees keep left over funds to pay other medical expenses with a VISA healthcare card.

    visit Lyfebank.com to see how this works.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      December 31, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

      I really believe that EVERY employer should reduce the work week of ALL employees to 28 hours in order to circumvent Obama’s mandate. When millions of people start protesting and marching on Washington, it won’t be the fault of the Republican party because this monster health care fiasco was passed completely by Democrats. Let them own it and let them try to pacify all the employees who are standing in protest outside the Capitol and the White House. Since the Supreme Court wants to play politics with this issue, put a few thousand protesters on their steps, too. Let the elitists in Washington be reminded again that this is a Constitutional Republic and the government is of the people, for the people, and by the people. We are witnessing tyranny by our elected officials and they will continue unless they are stopped.

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  4. wallybluComment by wallyblu
    December 31, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    If all companies that have problems with the mandates of Obama care would fire all their employees the problem would be solved in a heartbeat.

    The trouble is that the people who create businesses are individualists and won’t go along with the croud they each want to do it their way. That’s why the give me croud always wins.

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  5. annelouisegelinasComment by annelouisegelinas
    January 1, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    Left to his own desires, president o will ruin all companies with these ridiculous leftist mandates. The ridiculous mandates will ruin progress in America. He knows it and that is why he does it. Votes mean more than life itself. The leftists of society want everything paid for. That leaves them the money to go on vacation, buy drugs, drink their alcohol beverages, act liberated, and laugh while others pay for their fun. They will eventually realize that the last laugh will be on them when it interferes with their lifestyles someday, and it will. Then they will be all for getting rid of all the mandates they wanted as the “control freaks” of the American Way. It will backfire one of these days. Gosh I wonder if any of them have families who get hurt by all their mandates? Probably, but they don’t seem to care.

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  6. nickmiller00Comment by nickmiller00
    January 4, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    Abortion isn’t just a political issue; it can also be a religious one. In which case, forcing employers to pay for abortion-causing drugs violates their freedom and practice of religion, a Constitutional right.

    If you agree, make your voice heard and exempt companies like Hobby Lobby from the healthcare mandate.

    http://j.mp/ULnpUm

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