I applaud people investing their money and making products and services people want to patronize. Unfortunately there have been recent crises in the news about the religious beliefs of the owners of companies and government. Recent news have brought forth the refusal of Oklahoma based craft store Hobby Lobby to fund the morning after pill because it “leads to termination of pregnancy” and various business owners in states that opened up marriage to same sex couples not wanting to do business with them.
Unfortunately we are entering the uncomfortable topic of should we allow private business owners to object to laws on moral grounds. It is a very dangerous precedent if allowed by our courts. I certainly would not want a Jehovah’s Witness employer to refuse to cover my blood transfusion if I got in a major medical incident. I would not want a cost cutting employer to deny medicines for Diabetes if I should need them to function properly.
The irony is craft and hobby stores have a dominant female clientele and they are going to be hurting their female employee’s big time by their decision. I remember during the Sandra Fluke incident earlier in 2012, she was asking for her school’s health plan to cover contraceptives and she got major flak from Rush Limbaugh. Economically speaking, health care costs are higher when more items are subsidized and in some cases you can get cheaper prices by paying in cash. However people elected Democrats for better or worse and we got this health care “reform” and we need to learn to live with it. As long as Hobby Lobby is not covering Viagra or any other male comparable drug, that would be the only out I could see viable.