D.C. appeals court backs challenge to Obamacare contraception mandate

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D.C. appeals court backs challenge to Obamacare contraception mandate

Post  fshnski on Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:28 pm

A D.C.-based federal appeals court ruled Friday a mandate in the new health care law that requires two Catholic brothers in Ohio to insure birth control for their employees violates their religious freedoms — the latest in a string of legal opinions that are driving a controversial section of the Obamacare debate toward a hearing before the Supreme Court.

In a decision that divided the panel of judges, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Francis and Phillip Gilardi, owners of Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics, who found themselves on “the horns of an impossible dilemma” before deciding to sue over the mandate tied to the Affordable Care Act, the opinion said.

Dozens of for-profit companies have sued over the Obama administration’s rule, saying they must choose between dropping health coverage for their employees and violating their beliefs that contraceptives, particularly the morning-after pill, are morally wrong.

The decision marks the fourth time a federal appeals court has ruled on the issue, resulting in a two-to-two split — an indication the Supreme Court will likely step in to decide the matter once and for all.

In their written opinion, judges on the D.C. Circuit noted it was not the first time they had taken on issues related “the behemoth known as the Affordable Care Act.”

“This time, however, we are not confronted with a question of constitutional authority,” the judges wrote.

“Instead, we must determine whether the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Act trammels the right of free exercise — a right that lies at the core of our constitutional liberties — as protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. We conclude it does.”


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Post  News Hawk on Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:06 am

Sandra Fluke and her boyfriends are perplexed:


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Post  WHL on Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:45 am

THis law just keeps getting longer and longer and longer and longer and longer and longer and---
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Post  News Hawk on Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:04 am

WHL wrote:THis law just keeps getting longer and longer and longer and longer and longer and longer and---
...and not Constitutional...

[quote]"Americans are free to disagree with the law but not to disobey it. For a government of laws and not of men, no man, however prominent and powerful, no mob, however, unruly or boisterous, is entitled to defy a court of law. If this country should ever reach the point where any man or group of men, by force or threat of force, could long defy the commands of our courts and our Constitution, then no law would stand free from doubt, no judge would be sure of his writ and no citizen would be safe form his neighbors."

JFK's remarks to the nation on the James Meredith case, September 1962


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