Democrats Condemn the Supreme Court for Making It Better To Be a Corporation Than a Person


High profile Democrats are not impressed with the predictably horrible Supreme Court’s decision to give corporations “religious freedom” to avoid laws. The ranking members of the Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce Committees today issued statements in response to the Supreme Court decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

Rep. Sander Levin notes that this is a dangerous precedent, “Today’s Supreme Court ruling undermines a woman’s right to make health decisions that are best for her and her family. This ruling not only limits a woman’s access to contraception, it also makes employees of private corporations vulnerable to discrimination when their employer says that the employee’s rights conflict with their religious beliefs. This is a dangerous precedent to set.”

Rep. Henry Waxman notes that a for profit corporation should not have the right to limit women’s access healthcare, “The Court has said that fictional corporations that exist only on paper have more rights than real people who have real health-care needs. It’s one more radical judicial step in making it better to be a corporation than a person. It is particularly offensive that the Court does this in a decision that is so personal for a woman: her decision to have or not have children. For-profit corporations, no matter the size and structure, should not have the right to limit their female employees access to safe, legal, and critically important health care services. We must continue to forcefully oppose efforts to roll back women’s rights to make their own health care decisions and work to make sure all Americans have access to the preventive health services they need.”

Rep. George Miller said SCOTUS just took us backward, “In passing the Affordable Care Act, we were very clear: when it comes to health care, women can no longer be discriminated against, charged more, or denied services simply because of their gender. As a result, the ACA is the most significant piece of legislation for women’s health that this country has seen in decades. The law has broadened access to health care and contraception so that women, not their bosses or insurance companies, can make their own choices about their health care. Today’s Supreme Court decision is another backwards-looking and unwarranted attack on women’s access to health care.”

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, is also troubled by the SCOTUS ruling. He points out that it perpetuates the myth that corporations are people, “I am greatly troubled by today’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby contraceptive case. Today’s ruling jeopardizes women’s access to crucial health services and perpetuates the myth that corporations are people. This decision directly contradicts the values of a majority of Americans who believe that women – not corporations – should be in charge of their own health care. Today’s ruling could allow employers not only to impose their religious beliefs about contraception on their employees, but could also allow them in the future to take away other crucial benefits, like vaccinations or HIV screenings. The same Court that decided Citizens United has – with today’s ruling – moved further down the dangerous path of placing decisions that greatly affect Americans’ lives in the hands of corporations. I strongly disagree with today’s ruling and I will continue to fight for a woman’s right to make her own choices about her health.”

Republicans are giving Democrats an easy platform full of bumper sticker slogans heretofore unseen by Democrats. Between Boehner’s threatened lawsuit to impeach the President and SCOTUS taking away women’s rights to healthcare, the conservative movement is handing Democrats easy ways to motivate their base and raise funds.

Boehner’s lawsuit has already raised a million dollars for Democrats. House Democrats raised a 2014 record $584,000 in 24 hours.

And now Democrats can run on the fact that if they controlled Congress, they could rewrite a law to fix this laughable SCOTUS decision.

16 Replies to “Democrats Condemn the Supreme Court for Making It Better To Be a Corporation Than a Person”

  1. Okay so have you all had enough yet?
    Is it time to get out the pitchforks yet?
    Will this motivate you and all of those you know to vote?
    Voting is your modern day pitchfork!
    All need to vote Democratic in November!

  2. I am curious if you know any organizations in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles who are making positive political/social change. I need to get involved with a group of like-minded people and I do not know where to start.

  3. call your county Dem HQ and ask them… you can volunteer with them or try your Congressman’s office (assuming you have a Dem rep and not a Repub)… also try Feinstein’s and Boxer’s offices…

  4. Unintended consequences may lay bare the hypocrisy of the Right-wing and its agents on the Supreme Court.

    How would conservatives and their agents respond if a company with Islamic beliefs (however defined) decided to impose its religious values on white, Christian, American employees?

    Sharia hysteria would spread in such a way as to make the present day-to-day Islamophobia of the Right-wing echo chamber appear benign and muted by comparison.

  5. I’m not at all surprised at the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling today. The current court is right-leaning. All I can say is that I am very disappointed that again women’s bodies are not theirs but rather the property of conservative white men. All I can do is make sure I vote and boycott Hobby Lobby. Although I love the merchandise at Hobby Lobby I believe that the only way to make a difference is through my consumerism and vote. No more Hobby Lobby for me.

  6. The Conservative Supreme (Not) Court justices are out of complete control. Lower court judges are required to be fair and impartial. What gives these modern day Zealots the right to place themselves above the law. There has to be a legal way to bring them under control. Of course we can start by voting their pocketbooks out of office. These Zealots is a strong reason to get out and vote.

  7. If hobby lobby is so concerned their religious purity, why would they accept any money from customers who use birth control. Next week they will claim employing gays is against their religious beliefs. What a bunch of hypocrites, no conscience when it comes to taking money even from those they condem and then demand those same people…women….be denied access to healt care. Corporate greed masking as religious freedom.

  8. While 90% of their inventory comes from a country that has mandatory abortion. Smell the hypocrisy.

  9. Catherine, We do not have this far right business in our area. So glad too But, maybe you and others who do have this entity, start some sort of protest against them. I know, if one were any where near, I would not, go near it.
    Just like I will not buy at Walmart.

  10. Ladies! This is a call for all women to with hold sex from their men until they vote to remove every last republican from office so we can correct all the damage they’ve done!!

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