Hobby Lobby Stores won a victory. Its owners will no longer be required to pay for contraceptive coverage that they find objectionable. Here’s the ironic implication: Now EVERYONE will pay for it instead.
The reason Hobby Lobby won its case was that the government failed to show that the “contraceptive mandate” was the “least restrictive means” to provide contraceptive coverage.
What other options can the government use? The answer, according to the Court, is simple: have the government pay for it. This solution would no longer require groups to pay for converge they find objectionable. Instead, they and everyone else can pay taxes. Those taxes can then be used to pay for the coverage.
So, in the end, Hobby Lobby and other groups are free to not pay for something that violates their religious convictions except through their taxes, which will be used, in part, to pay for the same thing. Their freedom will now be subsidized by everyone else, too, including those who find the same coverage objectionable.
Do nuns need to pay for contraception coverage? Nope. All Catholics will help out instead.
Will Hobby Lobby pay for Plan B? No worries. All religious conservatives will pay up.
Religious liberty wins!