In a long awaited decision from the High Court, the Justices ruled 5-4 in favor of religious freedom today. Hobby Lobby, a Christian owned arts and crafts specialty chain had argued the Obamacare law had breached their rights to religious freedom.
From Chicago Tribune: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.
The court held on a 5-4 vote on ideological lines that such companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the healthcare law. The decision means employees of those companies will have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.
The Obama administration had argued any company could decide to opt-out of the coverage, thereby wanting enforcement of the law for all companies. The Court ruled otherwise:
Justice Alito: “We doubt that the Congress that enacted RFRA — or, for that matter, ACA–would have believed it a tolerable result to put family-run businesses to the choice of violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or making all of their employees lose their existing healthcare plans.”
This is a good start, but only that. With Obama’s ‘pen and a phone’, it would surprise NOONE if Hobby Lobby was now targeted in some fashion because of the victory. This administrations record for going after traditional business owners and individual conservative citizens is unprecedented in U.S. presidential history.