Skip to comments.Two Pinocchios for Hillary on Hobby Lobby
Posted on 07/03/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Lawyers in politics seem to have great difficulty understanding the law these days. First, the “constitutional lawyer who sits in the Oval Office” had his hat handed to him by the Supreme Court on a wide range of issues, and with unprecedented unanimity. Now the woman angling to succeed him, who is often described as an accomplished attorney herself, apparently can’t be bothered to familiarize herself with a case before rendering judgment on it. Hillary Clinton gets two Pinocchios from the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler for her remarks on the Hobby Lobby case, but probably deserved two more for sheer dishonesty.
This is what Clinton said at the Aspen Ideas Festival:
Its very troubling that a salesclerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employers health-care plan because her employer doesnt think she should be using contraception.
Actually, the case doesn’t involve Hobby Lobby’s position on what its employees do. The case hinges on what Hobby Lobby has to provide to its employees as part of regulation from HHS. As Kessler points out, Hobby Lobby covers 16 of the 20 required contraception methods, but objects to four abortifacients. Hobby Lobby has never taken the position that its employees should not use contraception; in fact, as their attorney said shortly after their victory at the Supreme Court, they’d really prefer not to be part of that decision at all.
Anyone who spent even a brief period of time studying this case would know these basic facts of the Hobby Lobby challenge. A competent attorney who didn’t do even that small amount of research would know not to comment on it without first checking the facts. An attorney who’s also prepping a run for the presidency who comments on the case without knowing it is engaging in deliberate demagoguery.
Hillary Clinton isn’t alone in that effort, either. We’ve heard plenty of shrieking from the Left over the supposed setback this decision creates for women, but that’s sheer nonsense. Nothing’s changed, as I note in my column for The Fiscal Times, and the court ruled properly on the RFRA:
[O]ne cannot expect to get off the hook by simply claiming that a federal regulation impedes on ones religious belief. Congress specifically addressed this balancing act between religious liberty and the need for regulatory authority in 1993 with the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act (RFRA), on which the Hobby Lobby case largely hinged.
Congress passed it unanimously in the House and 97-3 in the Senate after the Supreme Courts Employment Division v Smith decision refused unemployment benefits to two Native Americans fired for having used peyote in their rituals. Religious expression should only be substantially burdened, Congress responded in nearly one voice, in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, and then only by the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
That applies to health decisions as well. As Justice Samuel Alito noted in his Hobby Lobby decision , other mandates for coverage meet this test, explicitly noting items such as vaccinations and blood transfusions. Blood transfusions are necessary for survival in some cases, while vaccinations are not just critical for individual health but also communal health, as thousands of studies confirm.
These examples show, though, just how silly and insubstantial the contraception and sterilization coverage mandate is in terms of compelling government interest. Contraception in almost all of its forms is inexpensive and widely available. Furthermore, although HHS considers contraception preventive medicine, it doesnt prevent disease or block the spread of contagion, unless one considers babies a plague.
Besides, there is no crisis in accessing contraception. As noted above, the CDCs 26-year study of unplanned pregnancies (1982-2008) shows that 99 percent of all sexually active women seeking to avoid pregnancy accessed contraception. Access to contraception is such a non-issue that the word access only appears once in the entire report, and that in a footnote about access to health insurance. So despite all of the shouts of doom, nothing in this decision impacts the already-universal access to contraception Americans have had for the last four decades.
Returning to Kessler, one claim of his should get a review by the fact-checker. He may have missed the reports on rulings handed down after Hobby Lobby, because he concludes by saying that it’s not clear how the decision will impact other employers who object to covering any kind of contraception:
In the specific case, the company on religious grounds objected to four of 20 possible options, leaving other possible types of contraceptives available to female employees though not necessarily the most effective or necessary at the moment. It remains to be seen whether the lower courts will interpret the ruling as allowing some companies to institute a broader ban on coverage, so Clinton was leaping to an assumption about the impact on employees.
Actually, we have seen how the court has interpreted it. Kessler needs to amend his conclusion, but only to the extent that the Supreme Court has signaled that Hobby Lobby allows for a broad conscience exemption. In all of those cases, though, the status quo has remained constant — and there still is no access crisis in contraception in the US.
I love the irony, that Hillary and liberals have to sputter about this case. The law at hand, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was passed by a Democrat controlled congress in 1993, and signed into law by a good Democrat, Bill Clinton.
I love it, that Hillary has to take issue with a law signed by her husband. Let’s play up these angles, that Democrats, in their outrage, to be intellectually honest, have to be outraged about a law passed by their own liberals.
Remember the Left’s (also establishment everything) argument?
That you have to be a lawyer, presumably to know rules and laws, in order to know and write legislations?
Ha ha ha ..... so many of them wouldn’t know a thing if their staffers haven’t told them what to think/say.
At minimum, her blatant dishonesty, and all in pursuit of fame, power and material wealth, is not something I would want to explain or defend.
Oh well...but, it's not too late for her. She'd be way better off soaking in a hot tub and painting pictures of her feet than constantly lying on camera.
"I want to thank all my sex partners for taking time out so I can be here today."
Course, I was particularly pleased when Texas Democrat, and abortion worshipper, Wendy Davis entered the fray.
In true Texas-style, Wendy assertively warned guys what could happen if they dared approach womyn w/ an unsheathed penis.
Last time she was even near an engorged sperm-filled penis was about 20 years ago---when Bill asked her for a quickie.
Unfortunately just as they hit the sheets to enjoy wedded bliss, Bill's mistress called.......and he hurried off.
Hillary Clinton’s book “Hard Choices” is #59 on the Amazon.com bestseller list. That dismal sales performance tells the whole story!!! Adios...”Grandmother”, Hillary Clinton!!!
Wow, Hillary’s book will be on the bargain rack at Barnes and Noble and such places very soon, at the rate she’s dropping off the best seller list.
Placing Post 6 and 7 in proper perspective...
Do we really want to hear about Bill, Hillary and any “hard” choices they may have made?
Never let a 'created' demagoguic crisis go to waste!
I can imagine hundreds of pro-sodomy perverts jumping at the "free money" opportunity. A twofer.
LOL-—read it w/ tongue in cheek.
An employer needs a person TO DO A JOB. NOT a DAMN THING ELSE.
They are not in the business of hiring ANY employee to supply them with ANY kind of health coverage to support a life choice of being a slut, or a drunk, or a druggie, or whatever.
IF any woman wants to be that sexually active-—it is HER choice & SHE should pay for it. NOT the employer.
Birth control pills have NEVER been that expensive.
It used to take a doctors prescription & the fee to go to the doctor to get the prescription. NOW—they are OVER THE COUNTER pills. NO doc visit needed.
They are as easy to purchase as Bayer aspirin-—and about as expensive.
I have absolutely NO sympathy for all the whining from today’s sexually active women who want their behavior protected by their employer.
Their next stop in the media is on The Maury Show, I guess.