Just days after House Speaker John Boehner confirmed he plans to file a lawsuit against him for abuse of executive power, Barack Obama seems even more intent to act unilaterally in the pursuit of his personal agenda.
Earlier this week, he announced his intention to bypass Congress in imposing some level of immigration reform. Reports Tuesday indicate he might have similar intentions to use his executive power to mitigate the damage to his healthcare law inflicted by the Judicial Branch.
In its decision to uphold the religious liberty of companies owned by a small group of individuals, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Hobby Lobby in its contention that abortion opponents should not be forced to provide what they consider abortifacient drugs as part of the ObamaCare law. Justices explained that there are existing avenues through which the Obama administration can guarantee women have access to products, including the so-called ‘morning after pill,’ that do not involve business owners violating their deeply held religious beliefs.
BirdsNBees lesson! Contraception is before conception, Hobby Lobby covers 16 of those. After Concetion, Baby, not covered! @HillaryClinton
— Robert (@ItalyRobert) July 1, 2014
According to some experts, including Harvard Law professor Mark Tushnet, the administration will likely extend existing exemptions available to nonprofit organizations to these for-profit corporations.
“The most obvious next move is to have [the Department of Health and Human Services] adopt a regulation – perhaps even an emergency regulation, as authorized by law,” Tushnet said, as quoted in an article by The Hill.
Still, those responsible for the ObamaCare mandates are apparently unwilling to concede that religious rights could trump the ‘right’ to free medicine designed to end a developing life.
If #HobbyLobby was called Hobby Mosque the leftists would be loving the decision!
— Matt Dawson (@SaintRPh) July 1, 2014
“Any workaround is going to rob at least some women of the rights guaranteed to them,” complained Yvette Fontenot, one of the healthcare bill’s architects.
As The Hill explained, Obama is now faced with a decision to either accept the Supreme Court ruling as the latest blow to his beloved law or risk alienating voters who value the separation of powers by issuing yet another executive order.
For now, it seems the administration is remaining coy.
“Frankly,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, “we’re still assessing the decision and its legal implications.”
He said that, in time, Obama “may be in a position to better consider the range of options that are available to the president.”
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