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Lobby for a loophole

Gazette staff January 23rd, 2013

Not ready to pay the federal fines you’re accruing for noncompliance? No problem! Take a tip from the folks at your friendly neighborhood Hobby Lobby corporate offices and find a loophole.

Credit: Brad Gregg

The Green family, founders and owners of the OKC-based company, don’t want to provide their employees insurance coverage for birth control — namely the morning-after pill — that they believe is tantamount to abortion.

As a result, Hobby Lobby is facing $1.3 million in fines for each day it fails to comply with the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

The fines kicked in on New Year’s Day.

But never underestimate the wiles of Christian-owned businesses with smart lawyers.

“Hobby Lobby discovered a way to shift the plan year for its employee health insurance, thus postponing the effective date of the mandate for several months,” said Peter M. Dobelbower, general counsel for Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., in a recently released statement.

The company contends the mandate violates its religious beliefs and believes Hobby Lobby should be given a break along with churches and other religious nonprofits currently exempt from the law.

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