The Supreme court ruled 5-4 that closely held corporations such as Hobby Lobby are exempt from providing their employees with contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act on religious grounds.
Response from the White House, via Zero Hedge:
Having had his omnipotence chipped away at last week, President Obama has – seemingly – been pushed too far by the Supreme Court’s decision on contraception and Obamacare this morning: The White House stated…
- SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE JEOPARDIZES HEALTH OF WOMEN EMPLOYED BY THESE COMPANIES
- WILL WORK WITH CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE WOMEN AFFECTED BY RULING WILL HAVE SAME ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTION
- WILL CONSIDER WHETHER PRESIDENT CAN ACT ON HIS OWN TO MITIGATE EFFECT OF SUPREME COURT RULING
From various liberal commentators, via Hot Air:
NBC News journalist Pete Williams, an accomplished reporter who is not prone to indulge in speculation, went out of his way to insist repeatedly that the Court’s decision in this case was a narrow one. He noted that the decision extends only to the specific religious objections a handful of employers raised about providing abortifacients (as opposed to contraceptives). Williams added that Justice Anthony Kennedy allowed in his concurring opinion that the federal government can pay for and provide that coverage if employers would not.
The Federalist published a variety of other observations about this ruling which indicate that it was narrowly tailored to this specific case. The Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other employers could not simply drop health coverage in order to avoid mandates. This decision does not apply to other government mandates like those requiring employers cover vaccinations. Finally, if the will of the public in the form of an electoral mandate creates a groundswell of support for a government-funded program which provides access to abortifacients, then that would be perfectly constitutional. Read The Full Article
And, from Market Watch, tweets from Harry Reid and others equally disenchanted with the ruling:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed that Democrats will move to protect women’s health care, since the Supreme Court, in his words, didn’t.
In wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon declares an “all-out assault on access to contraception.”