Supreme Court Sides with Hobby Lobby
Some depressing news. The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that women are not entitled to prevent the health consequences of pregnancy (or other disorders that call for hormonal regulation).
In my family, the mothers typically have some degree of moderate hearing loss. The reason for this, my mother learned a few years ago after failing a routine hearing screening, is a condition called otosclerosis. Otosclerosis, in a nutshell, causes bone to grow in the ossicles, cochlea and semicircular canals, limiting the mobility of the middle ear, and thereby limiting its ability to transmit mechanical sound energy; calcifying and destroying areas of pitch-sensitive cilia; impairing the flexibility of the basilar membrane; damaging her ability to balance. The result has been mid and high-frequency hearing loss, episodes of vertigo, along with the emotional and social consequences of hearing loss. Her mother was the same way.
I intend to avoid that at all costs. But I had hoped that, given the ACA, this treatment would be covered by the insurance I will get through a future employer. But today, the Supreme Court said that if I’d like to prevent that for myself, I had better be able to pay for it. I wonder how far they’re willing to go with that.
Scientology has a profound hatred for medication. Would that entitle Hobby Lobby to purchase a group plan that was below the current individual-mandate minimum standard for a health insurance policy, one that covered no medication and no medical interventions, simply because it was the Scientologist company’s religious preference? Or would corporations regardless of religious preference have to purchase at least the individual minimum?