Obamacare Going Back To Supreme Court





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As countless peripheral debates continue regarding ObamaCare, one of the law’s very first criticisms will be the topic of an upcoming Supreme Court decision. The nation’s highest court announced Tuesday it will hear evidence from two cases regarding the healthcare mandate requiring religious business owners to provide birth control to employees.

An effort by retail chain Hobby Lobby to reverse the mandate was successful at a lower level court; and Supreme Court justices will have the final say in that case. Another company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., initiated a similar case that was rejected by a lower court.

The high court will consider both of these cases simultaneously early next year. A decision is expected by next summer.

Both of the companies are owned by religious families who say that ObamaCare violates their First Amendment rights. In light of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that corporations can express political opinions with the same liberty as individuals, the arguments against the contraception mandate appear to be well-grounded.

In the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, the court also found that a 1993 law broadly defining freedom of religion has bearing in this ongoing debate. In the case of Conestoga, however, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the same law did not offer protection to the company.

The Supreme Court, which earned the scorn of many conservatives upon upholding the healthcare law last year, will now decide how intrusive it may be. Instead of seeking refuge in our unambiguous constitutional rights, we now live in a society that can force individuals to violate their sacred beliefs in the name of big government.

More than half a century ago, Ronald Reagan decried government-mandated healthcare, calling it one of “the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people….”

Even he likely never imagined how prophetic his words would prove within the U.S.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Comments

  1. If the outcome is the same as the last time, it means O has threatened R's (i.e. Roberts)

  2. Why has this obamanation not been struck down?

    1- as a penalty, it violates the Commerce clause

    2- as a tax, it violates the Origination clause

    3- it’s been unconstitutionally altered by the executive branch only, which should make the “law” null and void

  3. Check out Obamacare website and click on "Apply Here."
    This is funny. Ray
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~pjrpole/ACA.html

  4. And doctors are now warning that if they participate in Obamacare, they'll go broke! http://www.naturalnews.com/042701_Obamacare_docto

  5. The White House has ordered health insurance companies into silence over Obamacare. No criticism allowed! http://www.naturalnews.com/042862_White_House_hea

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  6. Edwardkoziol says:

    Obutthole isn't scared of the Supreme Court afternall he owns most of them.RememberRoberts is a big time Obutthole supporter and you seen it on the obuttholecare issue. .

  7. Just wait it's going to get better as you can see it looks like people been place for years in there seats and now it's really going to surprise we the people it's going to take us to take this country back

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