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  •  The New England Journal did ANOTHER 'Perspective' (5+ / 0-)

    released in today's issue that not only is critical of the Hobby Lobby decision but is also unhappy with the ruling on abortion clinic buffer zones.

    Hobby Lobby's outcome is of concern to U.S. health care professionals because our health insurance system is still largely dependent on employers. Employers and employees may have fundamentally different perspectives on which medical interventions are acceptable, particularly when the employer's fundamental mission is not to advance specific religious beliefs and its employees are therefore unlikely to be drawn exclusively from its own religious group. The Court's decision allows the beliefs of employers of various sizes and corporate forms to trump the beliefs and needs of their employees, potentially influencing the types of care that will be affordable and accessible to individuals and permitting employers to intrude on clinician–patient relationships.

    The case also has important implications for efforts to achieve compromise between religious freedom and health care access. The Obama administration's attempts to compromise on the contraceptives-coverage mandate ultimately backfired, since its efforts were used to demonstrate that applying the mandate even to secular employers was not necessarily the only way to achieve the government's interests. In the future, regulators may be less willing to seek compromise lest their efforts be similarly used against them — and it is bad news for all of us if health policy can be made only through polarization and rancor rather than compromise. On the other hand, in other contraceptives-mandate cases working their way through the courts, nonprofit religious employers argue that the government's accommodations do not go far enough in protecting their religious freedom, essentially requiring them to deputize a third party to commit what they think is a sin on their behalf.

    Finally, in the wake of Hobby Lobby, we may anticipate challenges to other medical services that some religions find objectionable, such as vaccinations, infertility treatments, blood transfusions, certain psychiatric treatments, and even hospice care. Hobby Lobby's implications may also extend into civil rights law, with employers asking to “opt out” of laws intended to protect people from employment and housing discrimination based on religion, race, sex, national origin, or pregnancy status. Although the majority deemed these slippery-slope concerns unrealistic, the dissent expressed serious concerns.

    The full article is available through the link, including the NEJM's view on the abortion buffer zones.

    A word to the wise is sufficient. Republicans need at least a paragraph.

    by d3clark on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 04:35:41 PM PDT

    •  JAMA You Publish in a Country of Enemy Factions. (0+ / 0-)

      It's not an enlightenment society of people and factions with shared goals and interests. It's time to get past hand wringing over rancor and address some more fundamental problems of civilization.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 06:32:52 PM PDT

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    •  Get employers out of our insurance! Demand sing... (0+ / 0-)

      Get employers out of our insurance! Demand single payer today!

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