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Previously, the pill required a prescription for girls aged 16 or under. In 2011, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius made a controversial move, blocking an FDA recommendation that the pill be available over-the-counter to anyone.

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, a case that challenges the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control mandate on the grounds that it supposedly restricts the religious freedom of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain store. The company opposes offering health insurance to cover emergency contraceptives, arguing that they induce abortions (they don’t!). But recent investigations into the company’s finances suggests that this court case is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the company’s larger effort to fund discriminatory policies at a national level.

Even as the national craft chain fought the Obamacare mandate compelling emergency contraception, the company was investing millions of dollars of an employee retirement plan into companies that produced those very same contraceptive products. This revelation, first reported by Mother Jones’ Molly Redden on Tuesday, is based in large part on paperwork filed by the company with the Department of Labor several months after the challenge was filed in the court system.

It just may be one of “the most stunning example of hypocrisy in my lifetime,” Forbes contributor Rick Ungar wrote.

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Tuesday hilarity: Sibelius says no job loss under Obamacare

It seems as if Sebelius doesn’t care what the facts are. She is now hilariously claiming that there will be no job loss at all under Obamacare. I wonder if she is aware of the fact that the CBO recently estimated that there will be 2.5 million jobs will be lost because of Obamcare (revised up from a measly 800,000). My guess is she knows full well and is choosing to lie about it.

From Politico:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says there is “absolutely no evidence” that the Affordable Care Act will drive down employment, despite a report from the Congressional Budget Office released Feb. 4 predicting fewer people would be working.

“There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job-loss related to the Affordable Care Act,” Sebelius told reporters in Orlando, Fla., on Monday.

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"Every economist" (Except for those working for the same government she works for — I’m literally laughing out loud while typing this). That sounds eerily similar to the desperate "the science is settled" global warming argument that comes from the left. "There’s no reason to talk about it. Everybody knows X, Y and Z is true."

She’s asking us to ignore logic, data, facts, our personal experiences and the awful CBO reports and believe her. Riiiiiight. We should totally do that

Plan B-One Step, the so-called “morning after pill,” won’t be made available over the counter to girls younger than 17, regardless of a previous Food and Drug Administration recommendation, according to a statement by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

In a surprise move, Sebelius invoked her authority as the agency’s head to overrule the recommendation of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research — and the conclusions drawn by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, according to statements issued today.

The move drew swift condemnation from reproductive health activists:

“We are outraged that this administration has let politics trump science,” said Kirsten Moore, president and CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project in Washington, D.C. “There is no rationale for this move. This is unprecedented, as evidenced by the commissioner’s own letter.”

How the Case of the Amish Farmer Could Doom Hobby Lobby’s Claims

Edwin Lee was a Pennsylvania Amish farmer and carpenter. God smiled on his labors, and he hired fellow Amish to work on his farm and in his shop.  Naturally he paid them—after all, Scripture tells us that the laborer is worthy of his hire. But beginning in 1970, Lee refused to pay the Social Security payroll tax on his workers’ wages the government said he owed.  Amish do not believe in social insurance, based on language in Paul’s First Letter to Timothy: “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

The Internal Revenue Service took a different view, and in 1981 Lee’s case ended up in front of the United States Supreme Court. 

If the current Court concerns itself with precedent (which I have come to doubt), United States v. Lee should play a large role in the deliberations over Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebeliusthe cases, to be argued March 25, that will decide whether for-profit corporations can exempt themselves on religious grounds from the contraceptive-coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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