#1 Obama Considering Executive Action On Contraception Mandate After Hobby Lobby Ruling
07-01-2014, 03:08 PM
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Thou shalt not challenge any aspect of Obamacare.
Obama weighs executive hammer
President Obama is weighing executive actions after the Supreme Court ruled against ObamaCare’s contraception mandate.
The White House swiftly called on Congress to enact a legislative fix but realistically knows lawmakers aren’t about to act.
Obama has come under criticism from Republicans for his use of executive actions. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced the House will vote this month on approving a lawsuit against Obama over actions Boehner says are an abuse of power.
But the GOP criticism and threat seem unlikely to act as a brake on Obama, who separately on Monday said he would move forward with administrative actions on immigration reform in the face of what he described as GOP obstructionism.
“As we assess the impact of this decision, we'll consider whether or not there is a range of other options that may be available that don't require legislative action,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
Democrats signaled in the hours after the high court’s decision that they think the issue could boost their turnout in the fall by highlighting GOP opposition to abortion rights. That makes it even more likely that Obama will not fear taking executive steps.
And beyond that, the Supreme Court’s justices appeared to be offering their blessing for a regulatory fix.
In a 5-4 decision in the case generally known as Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the court ruled that closely held companies — those that are owned and controlled by a very small number of people — are covered by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which guarantees that, “government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion.”
The birth control mandate violated that law and does not apply to those closely held firms that harbor a religious objection, the court found.
Both the majority opinion, drafted by Justice Samuel Alito, and a concurring opinion, penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, suggest that an accommodation already offered to some religious nonprofits could be extended to closely held firms.
The arrangement allows a third party or “middleman” such as an insurance company to cover the contraception coverage, at no expense to the employer, for female employees seeking it.
“That accommodation equally furthers the government’s interest but does not impinge on the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs,” Kennedy wrote.
The accommodation itself is the subject of a separate legal fight that some view as destined for the Supreme Court. In that case, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, a Colorado-based order of nuns, argues that the accommodation is unconstitutional.
Still, extending the accommodation to include closely held businesses appears to be the path of least resistance for the administration...
07-01-2014, 03:28 PM
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Alito's decision basically invited the government (HHS) to provide the missing coverage by regulation; Obama took him up on it pretty quickly.
07-01-2014, 04:21 PM
I'm so sick of Obama throwing his executive you know what around.
07-01-2014, 04:22 PM
The few companies that qualify and do not want to pay for the contraceptives will be getting a break and the taxpayers will be picking up the tab.
Hobby Lobby won't be one of them as their insurance plans have always covered the "pill" prior to the ACA and will continue to do so after the ACA with zero co-pay.
As for Plan B, no one ever gets a prescription for that in the first place. It's available OTC.
07-01-2014, 04:48 PM
If this is true then obama clearly has no respect for the separation of powers as set forth in the Constitution and needs to be impeached.
Let the race baiters wail and the hood rats riot, but this fucker has to go.The price of freedom is something the protected will never know.
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07-01-2014, 05:39 PM
Executive Orders: Richard Nixon 346, Ronald Reagan 381, George W. Bush 291, Obama 180.
Several of GWB's had to due with the war. Such as this one:
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