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Hobby Lobby thoughts

The gang over at Facebook got me talking about the recent "Hobby Lobby" case, and I promised an explanation of why I disagreed with the decision. Not necessarily as a lawyer; I'm not one, though I play one on TV hang around quite a few and try to listen to what they say. Still, this is less about what the law allows and more about how I think things should be from an ethical or philosophical basis.

And, me being me, it quickly grew out of hand. Just why I can't pound out 4,000 words of fic in a night, I'm not sure. But for the interested, have this ex-philosopher's thoughts on the issues in that court case. I'm trying to keep this blog more personal + fannish but feel free to comment here or there, whichever is more convenient.

http://www.fidesquaerens.org/blog/?p=2891

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fractalwolf
Jul. 3rd, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
These days I often find myself wishing that employer-provided insurance no longer existed. That everyone went through the marketplace. Not only would it avoid this sort of issue, it would also improve individual coverage, IMO.

N's a state employee, and so gets state-negotiated insurance. If the state added the cost of the insurance to her paycheck, rather than paying the insurance company directly, she could get vastly better insurance. (This information is based on what COBRA charged me to get the same plan after I got laid off, and on what I have now, for less $$.) So now that ACA is a reality, the state is literally spending more for less than employees could get on their own.
marta_bee
Jul. 3rd, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
I definitely hear you on that one. I can't speak to the economics, but from a freedom perspective I've often thought everyone would be better off if the patient had as few people as possible tied up in paying for their health care - gives the patient the most choice possible, obviously, but also doesn't make third parties like the employers feel like they're subsidizing something they disapprove of. And of course you don't have people tied down to jobs because of a need for healthcare insurance, which I read a study a while back saying that would be good for the economy because it would make entrepreneurship more viable.

Anywho, I'm 100% with you on this.

And now that I think of it, I will be getting better coverage for less cost when my student insurance runs out in August and I get a subsidized plan through the exchanges, even if I have a job by then that pays the salary most do but doesn't offer insurance. I can't speak to the state's finances, but the exchange actually will be better for me. Then again, student plans are tied to, you know, students, with all the high-risk costs that lifestyle brings with it.

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