Monday, December 31, 2012

The HHS Mandate is alive and well

As 2012 winds down, please do not forget about the HHS Mandate and its effects. People of faith will be forced to choose between their livelihoods, their businesses, and their religious convictions. No longer can a Christian businessman run his business according to values that promote life. Business owners are facing an either/or situation. Here is the CEO of Hobby Lobby, writing about the repercussions of the HHS Mandate for he and his family, and ultimately, for all those they employ and those who shop at Hobby Lobby. Read it all here, and then pass it on, because as stated in the article, you won't read his words in the mainstream media.

A snippet from the article:

We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

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