Either we have beaten our radio service into submission or more likely the grace of fortune let us hold our regular show. Regardless, part two of the Hobby Lobby discussion happened today. You can also check out Mike’s short rant from yesterday, but this is better.
We got down to the nits and grits, as well as extrapolated. Ryan started by noting that Congress won’t be able to fix this decision legislatively, and a more sensible version of Congress isn’t going to happen anytime soon Instead, we should expect to see myriad sneaky corporate owners trying to get out of, say, providing HIV treatment on whimsical religious grounds.
We kicked around the likelihood of non-health-care forms of discrimination likely in the offing under the guise of religion.
On the optimistic side, while up to 40% of US employees work for nominally closely-held corporations, we don’t see that many bad guys out there trying to pull nasty tricks to save a buck or punish gay workers. In that vein and in the arguments (do read the whole decision, linked below) we should remember that the basis for the action by Burwell was on health insurance. That is part of compensation packages, employees pay for much of it, and their insurance doesn’t drop in cost when an employees eliminates part of the benefits. The workers have earned their health care and these clowns intend to steal part of it.
Finally, Ryan has gotten to the point that the SCOTUS seems unfixable. He is leaning toward a constitutional convention, maybe every 20 years to repair the mess.
Regardless, I promised two links:
Next up, tune in on July 15th at 2:30 PM for an interview with MA LT GOV candidate Mike Lake. Listen to that live here at 2;30 on 7/15. Id you can’t check back at the show URL, here at Left Ahead or on our iTunes page.
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