Target: Hobby Lobby CEO David Green
Goal: Provide employees access to contraceptives
Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahama, has decided to go against the recent Supreme Court ruling mandating that businesses provide workers with a comprehensive healthcare option. Hobby Lobby executives have taken particular umbrage with the part of Obamacare that compels them to provide workers with access to birth control and are currently refusing to offer their employees any form of birth control.
Hobby Lobby was founded and operates under fundamentalist Christian ideologies, something that they espouse openly, touting it on their website and in advertisements. Obamacare dictates that all businesses must allow employees to receive contraceptive drugs as part of their insurance and without a copay. Hobby Lobby executives have firmly refused to do this, citing their traditional and conservative values and beliefs as the reason.
Furthermore, they have claimed that their rights as Christians are being violated—that offering their workers birth control is an infringement of their right to freely practice religion. The Supreme Court disagreed with Hobby Lobby and told them they must follow the letter of the law. Hobby Lobby has declined to do so, claiming they will pay any fine levied against them before they provide contraceptives, in spite of the fact that it can ultimately cost them more.
Hobby Lobby executives are arguing that their rights are being infringed by the mandate to provide birth control, yet they seem perfectly comfortable violating the rights of their workers. Do they not have the right to control their own bodies? Do they not have the right to hold other religious beliefs or subscribe to other values? Hobby Lobby is forcing its strict morals onto others all the while gambling with their health. What it is doing is both illegal and dangerous. Tell Hobby Lobby to follow the law and provide birth control or prepare to suffer the consequences.
Dear Mr. Green,
Being the CEO of any company is no easy task. Everyday you must juggle numerous priorities, keeping in mind the company, employees, and consumers. Recently the United States Supreme Court passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, commonly called Obamacare. Though it would cost businesses like Hobby Lobby a bit of extra money, it would help to keep employees healthy and fit to work. However, your company has decided to ignore an important part of the law, which instructs you to give your workers the option of copay-free birth control.
You have claimed that such a law violates your religious liberties and therefore, you will not comply. Of course you and every other American have the fundamental right to subscribe to whatever religion you may choose; however, your argument is tantamount to forcing your traditional beliefs on Hobby Lobby employees. Do you not see that it is ridiculous to deny them contraceptives because the higher-ups in your company are Christians? Sir, this is patently absurd, and more to the point, unconstitutional. Americans are supposed to be free from that kind of coercion.
This is not to mention that the fines you will have to pay could ultimately end up costing you more than the contraceptives would.
Please Mr. Green, reconsider Hobby Lobby’s stance on Obamacare and on birth control. Your values are important, but so are the welfare of your company and health of your workers.
[Your Name Here]
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