Lobby for a loophole

Credit: Brad Gregg

The Green family, founders and owners of the OKC-based company, don’t want to provide their employees insurance coverage for birth control — namely the morning-after pill — that they believe is tantamount to abortion.

As a result, Hobby Lobby is facing $1.3 million in fines for each day it fails to comply with the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The fines kicked in on New Year’s Day.

But never underestimate the wiles of Christian-owned businesses with smart lawyers.

“Hobby
Lobby discovered a way to shift the plan year for its employee health
insurance, thus postponing the effective date of the mandate for several
months,” said Peter M. Dobelbower, general counsel for Hobby Lobby
Stores, Inc., in a recently released statement.

The
company contends the mandate violates its religious beliefs and
believes Hobby Lobby should be given a break along with churches and
other religious nonprofits currently exempt from the law.

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