Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Hobby Lobby, Mardel avoid Obamacare fines
Hobby Lobby, Mardel avoid Obamacare fines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:28 AM EST

Hobby Lobby Stores and sister retailer Mardel Christian and Education have "discovered a way" to avoid being penalized by the federal government for not covering abortion-inducing drugs in their employee healthcare plans. An attorney for the Green family, which owns the Oklahoma-based companies, said the chains could avoid fines for several months.

Starting Jan. 1, when the new healthcare plan was to take effect, Hobby Lobby and Mardel were to face fines of up to $1.3 million daily for defying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' abortion pill mandate, a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

However, Peter Dobelbower, an attorney and vice president for Hobby Lobby, said in a Jan. 10 statement that that date had been postponed, but he didn't elaborate.

"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," Dobelbower said. "Hobby Lobby does not provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in its healthcare plan. Hobby Lobby will continue to vigorously defend its religious liberty and oppose the mandate and any penalties."

Last month, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied the request by Hobby Lobby and Mardel for an injunction while the case is pending, saying the stores did not meet the legal standard for blocking the requirement on an emergency basis. However, she said, the companies may still challenge the regulations in the lower courts.

In November, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said that although churches and other religious organizations have been granted constitutional protection from the abortion mandate, "Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations."

 

In this current issue:

Christian Product Expo Murfreesboro gathers independent retailers

News image

Munce Group hosted independent Christian retailers Sept. 21-23 for the...

READ MORE

Christian Authors Network honors retailers at Munce-hosted expo

News image

The Christian Authors Network (CAN) presented three retailers with books...

READ MORE

David C Cook restructures, promotes Michelle Anthony

News image

David C Cook has merged all of the company’s learning-resource...

READ MORE

GMA Canada announces 36th Annual Covenant Award nominees

News image

Gospel Music Association (GMA) Canada has announced the nominees for...

READ MORE

‘Be the Message’ becomes ‘New York Times’ best-seller

News image

Houston-based megachurch pastors Kerry and Chris Shook’s latest book, Be...

READ MORE

Wanda Brunstetter reaches book-sales milestone

News image

Sales of Wanda E. Brunstetter’s books have topped 8 million...

READ MORE

Jay Sekulow's ‘Rise of ISIS’ becomes ‘New York Times’ best-seller

News image

Howard Books’ Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore...

READ MORE

Send The Light partners with Fair Trade organization

News image

Send The Light Distribution has partnered with Gifts With a...

READ MORE

Revell joke book for kids sells half-million copies

News image

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has announced that...

READ MORE

Xulon launches political imprint

News image

Xulon Press and parent Salem Communications launched a new politically...

READ MORE

Moody’s Chapman Center expected to impact publishing ministry

News image

Author Gary Chapman and his wife, Karolyn, have given a...

READ MORE

AAP: Religious book sales drop in May

News image

Books published by religious presses fared well in April (+10.7%),...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a