The third Wednesday meetup is a Central meetup at Square 1 Burgers in Sarasota on Tamiami Trail.
This month we'll take on a contentious subject that involves a lot of political and social implications: The Hobby Lobby decision.
Recently, the US Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 verdict that 'closely-held' corporations had the right to opt out of federal requirements within a narrowly-defined scope. In this case, it dealt with the right of Hobby Lobby to refuse contraception coverage as part of its offered health care for employees.
The dissenting opinion was strongly concerned with slippery slope consequences. If conservative Christian corporations can refuse to cover contraception options, can other companies refuse blood transfusions, antidepressants, or vaccines?
Let's discuss the social implications for this verdict and whether the government has the obligation to enforce certain mandated coverages, whether employment and health care should be so closely tied together, and whether future cases like the Hobby Lobby decision will undermine the rights of employees.
This is going to be a strongly-political subject (something we usually stay away from in the group as a focus), so please come with an open mind and respect for differing opinions. Bring arguments backed up by sources if you can, and be willing to look again at your own biases and assumptions in regards to government mandates, corporate rights and responsibilities, and the eternal struggle between capital, labor, and oversight.