Rep. Virginia Foxx from the fifth District of North Carolina put out a statement today in support of Hobby Lobby. In the statement, representative Foxx says that she supports the corporation’s right to freely express their religious ideology unencumbered. You can view a copy of Virginia Foxx’s statement here: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/03/27/rep-foxx-statement-on-religious-freedom-hobby-lobby-case-a-480539.html#.UzYD4PldUb0
“Americans should be free to practice their religion and conduct their business without unnecessary interference from Washington. It’s striking that this Administration, which has shown a willingness to provide extra-legal accommodations from aspects of this law on a wide variety of issues, has refused to accommodate religious business owners who are providing healthcare coverage for their employees.”
There are just a few things, in her statement that doesn’t ring true. Having listened to the oral arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States, and having looked at the briefs, representative Foxx should know that Hobby Lobby is not required by law to compensate its employees with health insurance coverage.
Secondly, anyone who’s studied the case, even for a short period of time would understand that affordable care act regulations were not imposed relevant to the corporations but instead to the insurance companies themselves. There is no mandate.
But what the ACA did say however, is that if corporations choose to take advantage of the tax benefits in compensating their employees for health care coverage–that the health-care coverage, must meet a certain standard.
Hobby Lobby along with other corporations who have joined this and other such actions want to get the full tax advantage benefit from government without having to provide said benefit. And even at best, these corporations in themselves would not be providing a particular benefit but instead they would be requiring the administrator of their plan to comply with federal guidelines.
Erroneously Representative Foxx wants to somehow equate this with religion and with religious freedom. There is nothing religious about making sure that if a corporation is to receive a tax benefit for providing a service to its employees is should be required to actually provide that service in its entirety and not to a lesser extent.
Rep. Foxx goes on to say that she hopes the Supreme Court will stand up for religious liberty. The congresswoman should know full well that this has nothing to do with religious liberty and is not an assault on business owners and the belief system those owners may or may not hold.
I would argue that Rep. Virginia Foxx is not misinformed relevant to this issue. She knows full well what she is talking about and she knows that she is pandering to the religious right. Pandering In an effort to get reelected, solicit donations and adhere to a standard set by her evangelical community, the congresswoman is twisting language to accommodate her own means.
Sadly, this is not the first time she’s done this. And I doubt this will be her last. The only thing the voters of the fifth District of North Carolina can do is to wake up and realize that Virginia Foxx does not represent the best interests of the fifth District of North Carolina. And she does not represent the best interest of a collective North Carolina who wants facts, who wants truth and does not want the political pablum this Representative have become accustomed to throwing our way.