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Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare in Hobby Lobby Case
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:45
Written by Justin Credible
Obamacare was dealt a very mild setback last week when the Supreme Court narrowly ruled against the law, siding with Hobby Lobby that they could opt-out of providing four types of birth control. This set liberal freak shows off, including actor Seth Rogan, who called the five SCOTUS members "assholes." What has been mostly ignored is that Hobby Lobby is still covering 16 types of birth control - they only wanted an exemption from four. The bigger issue, though, is that liberals are pushing their phony "war on women" narrative, which couldn't be farther from the truth.
The 5 to 4 decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, found that the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates a 1993 law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RCPA) in the case of two for-profit businesses, the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby of Oklahoma City and the cabinetry maker Conestoga Wood Specialties of Pennsylvania. The owners of both stores argued that certain forms of covered contraception, including Plan B, ella and intrauterine devices, had the potential to work after conception, violating their religious values. The ruling applies to “closely held” corporations that are controlled by just a few people.
Congress passed the RCPA in 1993 to mandate that the government use the “least restrictive means” of furthering its interests in situations that infringed on the religious freedoms. Alito ruled that the contraception mandate did not meet that test, which he said must be applied even in case of objections by closely held corporations. “Any suggestion that for-profit corporations are incapable of exercising religion because their purpose is simply to make money flies in the face of modern corporate law,” Alito wrote in his opinion.
But Alito also limited the scope of his opinion in response to concerns from liberal justices. “This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to hold that all insurance-coverage mandates, e.g. for vaccinations or blood transfusions, must necessarily fall if they conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs,” Alito wrote. “Nor does it provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.” Alito also wrote that the case may not apply directly to large publicly traded companies, where the beliefs of the shareholders are more difficult to discern.
For the Left, it wasn't enough that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare two years ago. They have to have it all.
Justin Credible is a contributing editor for Habledash.