Left-leaning Forbes columnist Rick Ungar has a no-nonsense message for his liberal friends: don't beat up on Hobby Lobby, the chain of 500 arts and crafts shops, for its quest to deny its employees insurance coverage for certain forms of contraceptives.
One thing I want to point out to my progressive friends: I've heard Hobby Lobby being vilified, and that's a mistake," Ungar told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"These happen to be very decent people," he said Tuesday.
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Hobby Lobby is one of two privately held, for-profit companies suing the U.S. government over an Affordable Care Act provision that requires large employers to offer their employees contraception coverage or pay a fine.
The company's owners say the provision goes against their Christian beliefs.
Those beliefs should not be held against Hobby Lobby's owners, David and Barbara Green of Oklahoma, says Ungar, host of "Steele & Ungar" on SiriusXM radio.
"[They] have paid well above the minimum wage to all of their employees and have provided healthcare for a number of years," he said.
"Don't vilify the plaintiff here, look at the importance of the issue."
Specifically, Hobby Lobby objects to such devices as IUDs and morning-after pills because they can stop the creation of life after an egg is fertilized.
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