Eden Foods, the oldest natural and organic foods producer in the country, filed a lawsuit against the HHS mandate on March 21st. The angry uproar from the left has been a sight to behold. I’m not going to link to their sites; if you are interested in bile and hatred, you know how to find Daily Kos, Huffington Post, and Salon. Among other things, Eden Foods is charged with marketing to liberals while hiding a right-wing agenda. Right.
Here is Eden Foods’ press release. They make many good points; I think that two are worth highlighting.
It is discriminatory that not all employers have to comply with the HHS mandate. Millions of people and thousands of companies are exempt. The exemptions under the Act are illogical, inconsistent, and contributing factors to our lawsuit. For instance, McDonald’s Inc. and 166 unions are exempt. Small employers are exempt. Individuals who practice certain faiths are exempt, while individuals who practice other faiths are not. Federal employees are exempt, and this is hypocritical. There is no exemption for the religious freedoms of employers.
Why don’t the supporters of the HHS mandate protest about the unions, and other large companies, that are exempt from the mandate? If this were really about “free contraceptive coverage for all women,” why don’t the supporters ever bemoan all the union women, and women employees of exempt companies, who are not covered?
The second point worth highlighting:
Eden employee benefits include health, dental, vision, life, and a fifty percent 401k match. The benefits have not funded “lifestyle drugs,” an insurance industry drug classification that includes contraceptives, Viagra, smoking cessation, weight-loss, infertility, impotency, etc. This entire plan is managed with a goal of long-term sustainability.
Eden has consistently refused to cover “lifestyle drugs” in employee health insurance plans.
Because the left cannot argue the facts, most of their postings descend into attacks against Eden Foods President Michael Potter, calling him a “fundamentalist,” “incoherent” and so forth. Of course, they are boycotting Eden Foods. If you buy organic foods, please support Eden Foods.