Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided that Hobby Lobby didn’t have to comply with a particular mandate in ACA (Obamacare) because it conflicted with the owners conscience.
Good. The Supreme Court got it right for once.
It seems pretty obvious but some people don’t understand. They think, for some bizarre reason, that it’s the obligation of an employer to pay for whatever they want in terms of medical services. This is in line with the statist ideology that sees employers strictly as evil, greedy monsters who only want to exploit the poor worker bees.
Well, I got a shocker for you: employers provide something just as valuable as the employee’s time and labor; it’s called wealth. The employer is giving the employee money to do whatever they are doing. It’s a simple trade and if it’s unfair, the employee can just work somewhere else. Statists are wrong when they think they can force employees to give more (as we’ve seen with the disastrous minimum wage).
But that doesn’t stop statists from pushing employers to give more for less return. Here’s a news flash, the more you force employers to give for the same stuff, the fewer employers (and jobs) you’re going to have. That’s why our labor force is sinking like the fucking Titanic.
Contraception is no different. If you make employers pay for contraception (and there is a cost), then you will have fewer employers. If Sally and Jane want to go off and be sluts, that’s their choice, but don’t make the employer pay for it!
What really makes me scratch my head is how people who profess to be libertarian push for less liberty in cases like the Hobby Lobby trial. They want employers to be able to do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t interfere with that same right of employees… except when the employers are religious. In that case, what the employers want isn’t valid, so they need to violate their conscience and pay for whatever bullshit their employers demand.
The point of liberty is that it affects everyone, even people you disagree with. Freedom of speech doesn’t just apply to people you agree with. And freedom of conscience is the same. It doesn’t apply to only people you agree with.