Domino Pizza's founder sues over stipulation in health care law
Devout Roman Catholic says that both abortion and birth control are 'gravely immoral'
Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. A devout Roman Catholic, Monaghan says that abortion and contraception don't fall under health care - and in his words "Gravely immoral."
Domino Pizza founder Tom Monaghan offers health insurance for his employees, but excludes abortion and contraception. According to the new federal law, employers are required to offer insurance including contraception coverage, or risk heavy fines.
Monaghan offers health insurance for his employees, but excludes abortion and contraception. According to the new federal law, employers are required to offer insurance including contraception coverage, or risk heavy fines.
Monaghan maintains that the law violates his rights, pointing out that it is not his responsibility to pay for the sexual habits of his employees, He is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. Monaghan's sentiments are echoed nationwide, as there are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.
Monaghan is not the first pizza chain to speak out against the president's health care overhaul. Aside from former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, Papa John's founder John Schnatter said it was "common sense" that there would be cutbacks as the result of thousands of pages of new regulation. Schnatter later rescinded.
The Obama administration maintains in the meantime that the contraception mandate actually benefits women.
Domino's Pizza is an international pizza delivery corporation headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1960, Domino's is the second-largest pizza chain in the United States (after Pizza Hut) and has more than 10,000 corporate and franchised stores in 70 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Domino's Pizza was sold to Bain Capital in 1998 and went public in 2004.
According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, one of Domino's Pizza biggest claims was quick delivery. Starting in 1973, Domino's Pizza had a guarantee that customers would receive their pizzas within 30 minutes of placing an order, or they would receive the pizzas free. The guarantee was reduced to $3 off in the mid 1980s.
In 1992, the company settled a lawsuit brought by the family of an Indiana woman who had been killed by a Domino's delivery driver, paying the family $2.8 million.
In another 1993 lawsuit, brought by a woman who was injured when a Domino's delivery driver ran a red light and collided with her vehicle, the woman was awarded nearly $80 million, but accepted a payout of $15 million. The guarantee was dropped that same year because of the "public perception of reckless driving and irresponsibility", according to Monaghan.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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