Most of Missouri's mainstream media hasn't reported on it, but the Show-Me State's Sharpe Holdings, Inc., headed by Charles Sharpe, has won a temporary restraining order against implementation of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The STL Beacon seems to be alone in their reporting.
Plaintiffs argued, as have others, that the Act infringed on their rights. Specifically,
Plaintiffs argue that immediate relief is required because they must identify a health plan and complete the enrollment process immediately, because the renewal date of their current employee health benefit plan is January 1, 2013 and because otherwise failure to follow the ACA Mandate will result in significant fines and penalties. They argue that they will likely succeed on their claims that the ACA Mandate violates RFRA, the Free Exercise Clause, the Establishment Clause, and the right against compelled speech."
In other words. Obamacare violates their religious freedoms. The money quote from Judge David D. Noce, who sided with the plaintiffs, seems to signal an eventual plaintiff victory:
the court concludes that plaintiffs have shown that the enforcement of the ACA mandate, and its substantial financial penalties, on their health plan would substantially burden their religious beliefs.
The preliminary injunction hearing set for Monday, January 14 in St. Louis Federal District Court.
Incidentally, Sharpe does not object to supplying birth control to employees but rather "Plan B, ella, copper IUDs, and related education and counseling" that "prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the wall of the uterus, thereby leading to the ejection of the fertilized egg from the woman’s body, in other words, the abortion of the live fetus."
1/7/2013 11:44:40 AM
Efforts to use public funds to revive Kansas City's jazz district have failed, and likely always will.
Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.