As always, the devil is in the details, but what was decided today was significant…let’s look at it for a second…
The Court decided against the ObamaCare contraceptive madate as it relates to Hobby Lobby. Specifically the court said that closely-held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage, even under President Obama’s health law, which states employers must cover contraception for women at no extra charge.
Before the confetti cannons go off, just a couple of notes:
“Closely-held corporations” probably means private companies…but all private companies? We don’t know. And what about public corporations like FORD and APPLE? They would certainly not receive an exemption and will have to provide contraception services and the contraceptive madate in ObamaCare would still apply.
“Provide” is more potential wiggle room. Does provide mean include in an insurance coverage? Or does it mean to pay for that coverage? Is it possible for corporations that don’t want to be forced to provide abortive contraception will still be forced to include it but the government will pick up the cost of it? This wouldn’t minimized the victory, but it’s wiggle room for these services to still be included though not paid for by corporations (even closely held private companies who opposed them).
Look for a lot of talk about “Five men have decided” blah blah blah…that will be out there today by NARAL, et al.
The bottom line is that this is a cultural victory, not just a legal one. It reaffirms support for religious liberty and matters of conscience. It is a huge blow to ObamaCare and opens the door for other lawsuits based on religious objections.
So (now, cue the confetti cannons) enjoy the victory.
Because as Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”