“Congress never intended RFRA to be used by employers as a means of interfering with private health care choices of their employees,” DeGette and Nadler said in a joint statement.
“The law kept in place the core principle that religion does not excuse for-profit businesses from complying with our nation’s laws. It is now up to Congress to ensure that the Court’s ruling does not interfere with access to critical preventive health care services,” they added.
The lawmakers said they are drafting two separate bills in response to the ruling, but didn’t provide further details.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Hobby Lobby and other closely held companies can be exempted from a requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that they provide contraception free of charge in their insurance plans.
The justices said business owners can be exempted if they have religious objections to birth control, and cited the 1993 RFRA, which says the government "shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion.”
“We doubt that the Congress that enacted RFRA — or, for that matter, ACA — would have believed it a tolerable result to put family-run businesses to the choice of violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or making all of their employees lose their existing healthcare plans,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion.
The actual ruling did not allow a closely held company or corporation from opting out of providing contraception in their health plan. We will discuss this later but first understand what the businesses will be able to opt not to provide. Hobby Lobby's Christian owners and others like them will now be free to remove four controversial contraception methods from insurance plans provided to their 13,000 staff, claiming they amount to a form of abortion because they take effect after the point of fertilization. Contraception prevents fertilization. These are abortion drugs. The court said base on religious beliefs you are not obligated to participate in the killing of an unborn child.
Two questions not being asked are where in the constitution is the government given the right to interfere in the negations of two independent parties; the employer and the employee. The second question would be where in the constitution is the government given the right to dictate life styles of independent citizens. Birth control is not except in rare circumstances a health issue. Birth control is a chosen form of lifestyle.
Let us have honest and open debate. We have had enough misleading hysteria.