The Long Reach of Personhood

Normally, Barataria takes up a hot news story after the mainstream press has released its authoritative take on the subject and social media has frothed over it for a while. Not the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision. I have to admit, I’m confused by this decision because it seems to be incredibly vast in its potential scope, a position echoed by Justice Ginsburg in her dissent. That dissent even became a song as people around the ‘net struggle to make sense of this.

If there has been a legal earthquake, it will do what upheaval and disaster always do – highlight how everything has changed and eventually demand systemic responses. This decision, if nothing else, shows how utterly ridiculous it is to have the cost of health care foisted onto businesses in the first place. Beyond that …. it’s hard to tell just what it means.

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