Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court victory is a big deal for many different reasons. Not only does it weaken the Affordable Care Act (which Republicans love), it also opens the door for other companies to protest health benefits packages, and has potentially devastating and long-lasting effects on the American worker. But what many people don’t realize is that it is also a big deal because before the Affordable Care Act mandated contraception coverage, Hobby Lobby offered its employees the same drugs it went to court to exclude.
Speaking on the issue, CNN contributor Sally Kohn came down on both the Supreme Court and Hobby Lobby.
“Hobby Lobby provided this coverage before they decided to drop it to file suit, which was politically motivated.”
Kohn called the Court decision “disastrous” and said that Hobby Lobby’s intentions were “disingenuous.”
Hobby Lobby claims that they were unaware that Plan B and Ella (both emergency contraceptives) were part of the company benefits package. They only became aware of the offering when they re-examined their benefits package in 2012, after which they immediately dropped the drugs.
“Coverage of these drugs was not included knowingly or deliberately by the Green family. Such coverage is out of step with the rest of the Hobby Lobby’s policies, which explicitly exclude abortion-causing contraceptive devices and pregnancy-terminating drugs.”
Watch CNN’s Sally Kohn slam the Supreme Court’s decision on Hobby Lobby’s contraception coverage.