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Web letter by Laura McCann: Corporations likely to exploit Obamacare religious exemption

Charmaine Wolfert (April 28) supports Hobby Lobby and its stance in refusing to provide a 21st century medical treatment to women in the form of the morning-after pill. This pill will prevent an unwanted pregnancy from occurring.

Currently, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and wealthy lobbyists for large corporations are fighting certain medical treatments for employees. Medical coverage is a large expense for corporations. Owners and CEOs would love to do away with this cost – so they approach it as an overreach of government against our religious freedom. Lobbyists are working hard for these CEOs and businesses to achieve this.

Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, a conservative Republican, did just that. The Blunt Amendment would give corporations and businesses the right to refuse coverage of any health care, determined by the moral and religious beliefs of each company, business or CEO.

I did some basic research on different religions here in the U.S. and medical treatments that go against religious beliefs. Some religions do not believe in wearing eyeglasses, treatment of diabetes, treatment of pneumonia, meningitis, leukemia and heart conditions. There are some religions that believe if you are sick, it is because of sin and is a form of punishment. Healing can only be accomplished through prayer. There is a high death rate among premature babies because of religious beliefs in one religion. The groups that I just mentioned may not be mainstream religious groups, but they do exist.

What a great loophole for corporations to now have a legal reason to refuse a multitude of treatments to their employees. The religious convictions of large corporations and business can now be safe, but the health care of their employees uncertain.

People need to question whether a corporation will see their religious convictions the moral and right way, or will they look at it as a means to achieve a better profit margin by refusing health care to employees.

LAURA McCANN

Spencerville

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