Hobby Lobby and other Christian-owned businesses face heavy
penalties if they don't comply with ObamaCare mandates that violate
their religious beliefs. But a Texas lawmaker is gaining support
for what he believes will be helpful and send a message to
State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R), who
believes the fines associated with the mandates are designed to
bankrupt companies like Hobby Lobby into submission, has introduced HB 649 in hopes of providing a
tax break to such businesses to defray the cost of the
"Texas has a choice to make: If we allow them to go down that
path, and close their doors as a result, we're going to lose that
tax revenue anyway," he submits. "This bill would at least give us
a fighting chance for them to continue creating jobs and producing
products and services in the state."
Hobby Lobby has sued the government to overturn the requirement
for its insurance to provide free coverage of abortion-causing
drugs, and it faces $1.3 million a day in penalties.
"When we started out, we didn't intend to have a bill that was
pro-life, pro-religious freedom, pro-Tenth Amendment,
anti-ObamaCare and all the mainstream Republican ideas out there
right now all into one," the Texas lawmaker tells OneNewsNow. "But
when you really stop and look at the bill, I think that's what it
If passed, the tax-reducing bill would apply to other Christian
companies as well. Stickland believes there will be no problem
finding a senate sponsor, and he encourages other states to
consider similar legislation.
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