Eden Foods stung by Obamacare backlash
The organic foods company is facing angry customers after it sued over the Affordable Care Act's contraception requirements.
Eden Foods, which describes itself as "the oldest natural and organic food company in North America," is coming under fire from its tofu-eating customers.
Some are threatening to stop buying Eden Foods, which sells dried tofu, soymilk, seaweed and other foods associated with healthy eating, over the company's stand against a mandate in Obamacare.
The backlash started when Eden Foods sued the Obama administration last month over a clause in the Affordable Care Act that will require employer-sponsored health insurance plans to provide contraceptive coverage to workers. According to the lawsuit, Obamacare "attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church" that defines birth control as "immoral and unnatural."
That's not going over well with some customers, with one writing on Twitter that she "used to enjoy buying your soy milk by the caseload, but that has ended with your decision to discriminate on healthcare." Some called for a boycott.
And a few grocery stores that sell Eden's products are mulling pulling the products from their shelves, according to Gothamist. The Greene Hill Food Co-Op in Brooklyn, for one, is debating a ban.
Eden co-founder Michael Potter told AnnArbor.com that the lawsuit is about a "blatant government overreach that we saw happening." He added: "The government is just walking on the rights of companies and individuals who are trying to exercise their lives consistent with their conscience."
Potter and Eden have "quietly pursued a decidedly right-wing agenda," all the while marketing their foods "designed to appeal to liberals," according to Salon.com.
With his lawsuit, Potter joins Whole Foods (WFM) chief executive John Mackey in campaigning against the Affordable Care Act, which will go into effect next year. Mackey created a firestorm when he called Obamacare "fascist."'
As for the potential impact on Eden's sales, Potter described the calls for boycotts as "certainly alarming."
"At the same time, the economic impact remains to be seen. We’ve had some people saying they’ll buy more and a lot of people saying they won’t buy anything," he said.
That was borne out by Twitter, with some consumers expressing support for the lawsuit, with one consumer writing, "Good for you for standing up to Obamacare!"
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The Liberals sing the praises of tolerance and free speech but their obvious hipocracy here comes shinning through.
Businesses should NOT be able to pick and choose what kind of health care they provide. Many religions have things they disapprove of --Scientology doesn't believe in many kinds of mental healthcare, some religions do not believe in blood transfusions and in fact some would prefer no medical care. A company doesn't have a right to determine what their workers need as far as healthcare. Yes the Catholic Church is the largest of these and they have been given some leeway already.There are numerous churches with varying beliefs and it is fine for them to practice those beliefs themselves but they should not infringe on anyone elses options. Just because I BELIEVE you should not have some healthcare option is not a valid reason to limit YOUR options.
Should a company be able to say -we won't pay for any treatment or drugs if they are to assist women with post natal depression , or , sorry, we don't want to pay for that blood transfusion you need, I don't think so.
Providing contraception will cut down on the number of abortions -seems like that would be a good reason to make them more readily available.
It also makes sense to me to boycott a business who will use the money to fight against your principles. If one is going to donate to a cause , why give money to anyone who would fight against that same cause--just seems like good sense to me.
Since when does having a religious conscience and living by your beliefs constitute quietly pursuing a "decidedly right-wing agenda"? And since when is selling healthy, organic foods executing a strategy "designed to appeal to liberals"? Do more politically conservative Americans not want to eat healthy food?
Irin Carmon is a moron.
This is really quite plain and simple. Eden (Garden of Eden...a Biblical reference - GET IT?) is a Catholic-principled business making natural foods. Many here either DIDN'T READ the article, jumping to conclusions that Eden is cutting hours to avoid Obamacare (which is not mentioned) or assume that only liberal people eat natural foods, meanwhile having decided that conservatives are hellbent on dying off early by insisting on consuming the most unhealthy garbage possible!
The reality is that Eden is not a giant company, with a presence so large that it is extremely difficult to find a job NOT working for them. Therefore, they should have the freedoms to decide to omit parts of health care coverage that deviate from their principles. Employees have the option to pay for their own pills and condoms OR choose another workplace.
Try teaching a Sunday School class full of 12-year-olds and explaining what it means to "spill your seed" and why that was condemned. Try explaining to budding young women how the Biblical nations treated their girls like trash, to be used until they no longer pleased, then kicked out or worse yet, killed. Try explaining to them why the God of the Old Testament was such a cranky, vindictive old bastard.
Then try to answer truthfully when someone asks, "Why doesn't anyone try to live like Jesus?" when the news is full of corporate CEOs raking in tens of millions in bonuses, while Mom and Dad are trying to hang on to their underpaying \jobs -- if they have them. Try explaining to them where God IS these days, because it sure seems like He's put the phones on hold for an awfully long time.
I believe all it says is the company has to provide it ... it doesn't say that the employees MUST take it. Simply offer it and let the employees decide if they want it or not according to their own individual religions. There are insurance companies out there that allow for this. I know, I was responsible for finding insurance companies for a large corporation and negotiating the contracts. However it is a consideration in that the greater number of employees opting out of the birthcontrol program results in higher cost of birth and child care expenses for the insurance companies and that will reflect on the size of their premiums. Or the company could just cut all it's employees to part time and forgo the expense of insurance all together. It is now and always has been my opinion that if you choose to procreate you should be responsible for the results - not me. It's your offspring, you pay to raise it. Why should YOUR life choice come out of MY wallet?
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