Justices Rule In Favor Of Hobby Lobby In Supreme Court Obamacare Case

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The Supreme Court advanced the cause of religious freedom Monday in the most closely watched case of its term, ruling that companies cannot be forced to offer insurance coverage for certain birth control methods they equate with abortion.

The 5-4 decision by the court’s conservative majority, over the vehement objections of liberal justices, dealt a blow to President Obama’s health care law two years after the court came within one vote of striking it down as unconstitutional.

But the ruling was not as sweeping as it could have been for several reasons. It’s based on a religious freedom law passed by Congress rather than a broad constitutional right to exercise religion. It applies only to closely-held corporations such as the family-owned companies that challenged the law.

And it leaves open the possibility that women working for those companies can get the disputed contraceptives — morning-after pills and IUDs — from another source, such as the government or private insurers.

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5 thoughts on “Justices Rule In Favor Of Hobby Lobby In Supreme Court Obamacare Case”

  1. This is good news, but der Füh·rer is already considering whether he can “act on his own” to overrule this.

    • Yes, it will be very interesting to see how he plans to “mitigate” this decision.

  2. “The contraceptive requirement remains the subject of more than 80 lawsuits across the country. Federal appeals courts had split 3-to-3 on the rights of for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga. Under the health care law, most companies with more than 50 employees who do not provide the coverage face fines of $100 per day per employee. That could cost Hobby Lobby $475 million a year for its 13,000 workers. It would be much less expensive to drop health coverage altogether – $2,000 per employee per year, or $26 million” As a Christian, I am glad companies have stepped up against this. Good for them

  3. Not smart enough to know the FULL implications of this decision – other that its against Obama
    and that’s a good thing!

  4. How will Obama react? First hobby lobby will be audited by the IRS. Then he will put them on the suspicious business list, like the gun stores, and tell the banks they should not do business with them. Then their emails and phone calls will be recorded. You know just about how he treats anyone he does not like.

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