Hobby store wants exemption from healthcare provision

Posted at 4:33 PM, Nov 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-02 19:02:15-04

A nationwide hobby store is in the middle of a legal fight over the President’s healthcare plan.

Owners of Hobby Lobby went to federal court on Thursday to get an exemption so it does not have to cover the morning-after pill.

Hobby Lobby employs thousands of workers, spanning hundreds of stores. But since its founding by David Green and his family, the hobby chain store has never shied away from its religious principles.

The company currently covers most prescription contraceptives, but the Green family opposes a new mandate to provide employees access to the morning-after birth control pill.

“All they’re asking for is a narrow exemption from the law that doesn’t provide drugs they believe cause abortions,” said the company’s attorney.

The government argued the company does not have the same religious protection as individuals.

The judge has said he will deliver a ruling as soon as possible since the healthcare mandate will take effect Jan. 1.