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06-30-2014 05:30 PM  6 years ago
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Hobby Lobby Wins !!!!!!!
Supreme Court backs Hobby Lobby in contraceptive mandate challenge

Published June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain "closely held" for-profit businesses can cite religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees.

The 5-4 decision, in favor of arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby and one other company, marks the first time the court has ruled that for-profit businesses can cite religious views under federal law. It also is a blow to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which President Obama's supporters touted heavily during the 2012 presidential campaign.

"Today is a great day for religious liberty," Adele Keim, counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which represented Hobby Lobby, told Fox News.

The ruling was one of two final rulings to come down on Monday, as the justices wrapped up their work for the session. The other reined in the ability of unions to collect dues from home health care workers.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in the ObamaCare case, finding the contraceptive mandate in its current form "unlawful." The court's four liberal justices dissented.

The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.

But Alito held that in the case before the court, the religious objections cited were legally legitimate, under a law that bars the government from taking action in certain cases that "substantially burdens" freedom of religion. He noted that fines for one company could total $475 million per year if they did not comply with the ObamaCare rule.

"If these consequences do not amount to a
substantial burden, it is hard to see what would," Alito wrote.

The Supreme Court challenge was brought by Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby and a furniture maker in Pennsylvania, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The for-profit businesses challenged the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers cover contraception for women at no extra charge among a range of preventive benefits in employee health plans.

It was the first major challenge to ObamaCare to come before the court since the justices upheld the law's individual requirement to buy health insurance two years ago.

Dozens of companies, including Hobby Lobby, claim religious objections to covering some or all contraceptives. The methods and devices at issue before the Supreme Court were those the plaintiffs say can work after conception. They are the emergency contraceptives Plan B and ella, as well as intrauterine devices, which can cost up to $1,000.

The court had never before recognized a for-profit corporation's religious rights under federal law or the Constitution. The companies in this case, and their backers, argued that a 1993 federal law on religious freedom extends to businesses.

The Obama administration had argued that a victory for the companies would prevent women who work for them from making decisions about birth control based on what's best for their health, not whether they can afford it.

Democratic leaders blasted the court's decision on Monday, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tweeting: "It's time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women."

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain "closely held" for-profit businesses can cite religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees.

The 5-4 decision, in favor of arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby and one other company, marks the first time the court has ruled that for-profit businesses can cite religious views under federal law. It also is a blow to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which President Obama's supporters touted heavily during the 2012 presidential campaign.

"Today is a great day for religious liberty," Adele Keim, counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which represented Hobby Lobby, told Fox News.

The ruling was one of two final rulings to come down on Monday, as the justices wrapped up their work for the session. The other reined in the ability of unions to collect dues from home health care workers.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in the ObamaCare case, finding the contraceptive mandate in its current form "unlawful." The court's four liberal justices dissented.

The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.

The Obama administration argued earlier this year that the case is not just about birth control, and that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the businesses could undermine laws governing immunizations, Social Security taxes and minimum wages.

Alito clarified that the decision Monday is limited to contraceptives under the health care law. "Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer's religious beliefs," Alito said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...rt-hobby-lobby/
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06-30-2014 05:43 PM  6 years ago
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Breaking news woman who's working for Hobby lobby is is quitting there post. .....A Lisa Mc Farden who co see a operations of the company health and human services has stepped down in face of the court ruling.

"Yike if I was a woman I do the sameñ Now it's going to be a setback for this company.
I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,
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06-30-2014 05:46 PM  6 years ago
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"Yike if I was a woman I do the sameñ Now it's going to be a setback for this company.
You act like a woman.
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06-30-2014 06:48 PM  6 years ago
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This is very good news.
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06-30-2014 07:05 PM  6 years ago
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Yet the same people said
obamacare is a tax, and let obamcare pass....

They should be fired.....
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06-30-2014 09:02 PM  6 years ago
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Concur. NO MORE LIFE TERM LIMITS!!!
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06-30-2014 09:21 PM  6 years ago
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Yet the same people said
obamacare is a tax, and let obamcare pass....
Passing is good but to cast a doubt now on the now is a little strange and these folks are a joke I wonder how they make decision
on inmate life, They probably just guess at it.
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06-30-2014 10:04 PM  6 years ago
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Nerd, Nitro, SJG are completely RIGHT!

Very good and fire the Court.

Esco, no way...
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06-30-2014 10:32 PM  6 years ago
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This is a small glimmer of Hope for the future ,lets pray it continues.You cannot legalize morality. It's internal not external. You either have it or you don't.
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07-01-2014 04:47 AM  6 years ago
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yOU ALL JUST LOST aNOTHER ELECTION
The woman will vote Dem now

By motivating women, Hobby Lobby ruling could be a boon for Dems

06/30/14 07:55 PM—Updated 06/30/14 08:54 PM

Women’s access to birth control took a big hit Monday morning when the Supreme Court decided that certain companies don’t have to provide contraceptive coverage under Obamacare if they have religious objections to doing so. But in ruling for Hobby Lobby, the court’s conservative justices may have just handed Democrats a big weapon for November.

It’s not just that the health-care law’s requirement that employer-sponsored insurance cover contraception is popular with voters—though it is. Or that many Republicans are now on record celebrating a decision that leaves a woman’s contraceptive choices in the hands of her boss—though they are. More important, the court’s 5-4 ruling, backed by the five GOP-appointed justices, helps Democrats make the case that women’s health care and reproductive rights are genuinely at risk if Republicans expand their power this fall.

The particular dynamics of modern midterm elections could amplify the ruling’s political impact: In recent cycles, Democrats’ core supporters haven’t turned out at nearly the same rate in non-presidential years as they have in presidential ones—with disastrous consequences for the party. Monday’s decision isn’t likely to change the minds of many swing voters, but it could help Democrats get one key demographic—unmarried women—to the polls.

Will Hobby Lobby ruling affect midterms?
Already, the party is working to make that happen.

Not two hours after the decision was announced, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee blasted out its opening salvo in that effort. “Today’s Hobby Lobby decision is a grim reminder of how much is at stake in this election,” Regan Page, a committee spokeswoman, said. “Nearly every Republican Senate candidate in the country supports radical measures that would block birth control and roll back women’s health care rights even further than today’s ruling.”

That was a reference to “personhood” measures, supported by GOP Senate candidates in many of the highest profile races, which could have the effect of banning popular forms of birth control.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, piled on in her own statement. “It is no surprise that Republicans have sided against women on this issue as they have consistently opposed a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions,” she said, adding, ”In the wake of this dangerous precedent set by the Supreme Court, Democrats in Congress will continue to fight on the issues of importance to women and their families.”

It’s not just in Senate campaigns where the ruling could be fodder for Democrats. In Ohio, the party’s candidate for governor, Ed FitzGerald seized on the news to try to paint his Republican opponent, Gov. John Kasich, into a corner. Kasich, said FitzGerald in a statement, “needs to tell voters if he supports involving employers in women’s healthcare decisions.”

Even Wendy Davis, who has been reluctant to talk about women’s health issues since her celebrated filibuster of an abortion bill a year ago, was quick to use the ruling to go after her Republican opponent in the Texas governor’s race. “Today’s disappointing decision to restrict access to birth control puts employers between women and their doctors,” said Davis in a statement. “We need to trust women to make their own healthcare decisions – not corporations, the Supreme Court, or Greg Abbott.”

For their part, Republicans were eager to frame the ruling as a matter of religious liberty and a defeat for President Obama—avoiding any direct reference to the issue of women’s access to contraception, where they know public opinion isn’t on their side.

“Today’s decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines in pursuit of its Big Government objective,” Speaker John Boehner said.

Some have gone even further. Slate’s Dave Weigel points to a statement from Colorado’s Republican senate candidate, Rep. Cory Gardner, one of the GOPers who has been attacked for his support for a personhood amendment. After celebrating the victory for “religious liberty,” Gardner quickly pivoted to urging the Food and Drug Administration to make oral contraceptives available to adults without a prescription, desperate to present himself as a supporter, not an opponent, of access to contraception.

Gardner’s strategy may or may not work for him, but it’s instructive nonetheless. In politics, when you’re trying to minimize differences on an issue while your opponent is working to play them up, you can be pretty sure you’re on the defensive. And, despite the substantive victory for opponents of contraception, that’s where Republicans find themselves.
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07-01-2014 05:21 AM  6 years ago
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This is not a glimmer of hope. It is a sad mistake by the men of the supreme court.

Well, I guess things are still good as the male employees can get their Viagra.
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07-01-2014 11:33 AM  6 years ago
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This is not a glimmer of hope
No woman is being harmed here chas. hobby lobby just doesn't what to pay for abortion drugs and devices. ALL other forms of contraception are available and paid for by hobby lobby. If any of their employees want one of these drugs and devices they are still available to them. When I quit smoking my insurance co would pay for patches but not Chantix. I wanted to use the Chantix so I just bought it .

What this is all about is being forced to be involved in and forced by the gov to take actions that are against our Will and our personal beliefs. . Why is this so hard to understand. Where will it get to before you see what is happening to you chas? Think about it!
You cannot legalize morality. It's internal not external. You either have it or you don't.
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07-01-2014 11:55 AM  6 years ago
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This is not a glimmer of hope. It is a sad mistake by the men of the supreme court.

Well, I guess things are still good as the male employees can get their Viagra.
This is supposed to be the home of the free and the brave.

Where is the freedom when you are forced to pay for someone elses birth control when they can get it for free at any planned parenthood or purchase birth control pills for about $10 bucks a month, or even get rubbers cheaper than that?

What is so brave about expecting others to pay for your birth control when its already so easily available or free to you otherwise?
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07-01-2014 01:22 PM  6 years ago
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News flash! The kind of woman that needs free birth control from the government already votes democrat.Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!
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07-01-2014 01:26 PM  6 years ago
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News flash! The kind of woman that needs free birth control from the government already votes democrat.
This has nothing to do with "I need it"

It has everything to do with "I demand it"
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07-01-2014 01:45 PM  6 years ago
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Liberty once lost, is lost forever.
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07-01-2014 01:59 PM  6 years ago
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Attention leftist dip****s! No one is denying you the 'right' of birth control including abortion-inducing drugs (if you consider that birth control).

Did you know you are still free to go down to Walgreen's and purchase what you want out of your own pocket? I should not be forced to pay for it. Why are we even having to debate this?!
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07-01-2014 02:09 PM  6 years ago
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Why are we even having to debate this?!
...cause core stupidity is an incurable disease
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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07-01-2014 03:08 PM  6 years ago
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The results of this are far reaching if a for-profit company chooses to deny something based upon their "religious" beliefs.

How many of you would scream and shout if a Muslim company chose to deny something based upon their religious beliefs? You know you only support this because it supposedly a "Christian" company.

A company that does of course get the majority of their products from China, and we know how their workers are treated. If their morals and values were so high, they would manufacture products in the USA.

What if Hobby Lobby was owned by Scientologists and they decided to deny antidepressants, or mental health treatment because it is against their religious beliefs.....Now don't scream this isn't a religion, as it is a formally recognized religion.

Lastly, with all of the medial science, data, and corporate acknowledgment of falsifying information,-Anyone who smokes is a dumb-a**. I think smokers should receive much higher rates, or not even be able to get insurance as they are a large drain on healthcare system.
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07-01-2014 03:16 PM  6 years ago
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The results of this are far reaching if a for-profit company chooses to deny something based upon their "religious" beliefs.

How many of you would scream and shout if a Muslim company chose to deny something based upon their religious beliefs? You know you only support this because it supposedly a "Christian" company.

A company that does of course get the majority of their products from China, and we know how their workers are treated. If their morals and values were so high, they would manufacture products in the USA.

What if Hobby Lobby was owned by Scientologists and they decided to deny antidepressants, or mental health treatment because it is against their religious beliefs.....Now don't scream this isn't a religion, as it is a formally recognized religion.

Lastly, with all of the medial science, data, and corporate acknowledgment of falsifying information,-Anyone who smokes is a dumb-a**. I think smokers should receive much higher rates, or not even be able to get insurance as they are a large drain on healthcare system.
Best post I have read in awhile ( other than my own, of course!)

I agree, smoking is a tax on the DUMB!!
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