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High court to weigh limits of religious liberty in ObamaCare case
The Hill ^ | 3/23/2014 | Ben Goad

Posted on 03/24/2014 4:22:16 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan

President Obama’s signature healthcare law is headed back to the Supreme Court in a high-stakes case that could redefine the limits of religious freedom in the United States. The high court on Tuesday will hear challenges to ObamaCare’s contentious “birth control mandate,” which requires companies to offer contraceptive services to workers as part of their insurance coverage. If successful, the challenge could peel away a significant portion of the mandate, potentially affecting preventive health coverage for millions of women and striking a major blow to the law itself.

But the court’s ruling could also have far-reaching implications for religious liberty by allowing companies to claim First Amendment rights that the government says are reserved for individuals.

“It’s pretty huge,” said Laurie Sobel, a senior women’s policy analyst at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. “It’s hard to overstate the possible implications.”

The case pits the government against a pair of for-profit companies — the Hobby Lobby craft store chain and Conestoga Woods Specialties, a Pennsylvania-based cabinetmaker. The firms, who together employ thousands workers in nearly every state, say they should be exempted from the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage because the corporation’s owners object to it on religious grounds.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1a; obamacare

1 posted on 03/24/2014 4:22:16 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The EXEMPT black-robed haters of the US Constitution
will “rule” against the US Constitution, as in the past.

After all, THEY are EXEMPT as are their families
and staff, and they are above the alleged “law”
for nonMoslems and for those outside of DC.


2 posted on 03/24/2014 4:25:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Lurking Libertarian; Perdogg; JDW11235; Clairity; Spacetrucker; Art in Idaho; GregNH; Salvation; ...

FReepmail me to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the SCOTUS ping list.

3 posted on 03/24/2014 4:25:59 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

“...by allowing companies to claim First Amendment rights that the government says are reserved for individuals.”

Is THAT the opposing argument? Does the left not see private (or publicly-traded for that matter) companies as a set of individuals (owners, stockholders, employees)?

Or, will Kennedy find a loophole - such as: they give up rights when they open for business, like in the Civil Rights battles?


4 posted on 03/24/2014 4:37:27 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: ReaganGeneration2
The real problem is mandating FREE contraceptives in the first place. Buy your own damn contraceptives. And maybe having to pay for your own damn abortions might make you think twice.

This is all about responsibility.

5 posted on 03/24/2014 4:40:24 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BuckeyeTexan
The mandate (what a horrible term to be used in a republic!) isn't law. It is a regulation.

Both the 1st Amendment and the law which merely recognizes it religious freedom, the Congress’ 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act positively trump ANYTHING written by unaccountable bureaucrats.

6 posted on 03/24/2014 4:42:16 AM PDT by Jacquerie ( Article V.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Ever since Roberts’ decision, this entire court is a joke in my eyes.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 4:54:45 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Funny how Goad labels this case “high stakes” when the
tards have a majority in the SCOTUS. What a propagandist.


8 posted on 03/24/2014 5:07:18 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: Red in Blue PA

[Ever since Roberts’ decision, this entire court is a joke in my eyes.]

Amen to that, it seems we have 5&1/2 liberal unjust judges of the unjust less supreme court, Kennedy being the 1/2 and Roberts going the way of so many unjust judges who deny justice and do their own will by ignoring the laws and Constitution as written for their preferences. Roberts is a liberal. I believe that the left and right must depart one from another in order that the right may thrive under just laws and have freedoms and liberties to pursue after happiness through a God given Bill of Rights written by Christians.
The left are communists and will go the way of violence and hatred as all communist nations do. We need to separate and build a fence between us and the neo Nazi left.


9 posted on 03/24/2014 5:07:56 AM PDT by kindred (They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. Salvation is of the LORD.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

So the Supreme Court that approves the killing of babies will now be deciding if the Bill of Rights really means “the free exercise” of one’s religion. Shame on our generation for allowing this blatant theft of our liberty after so many died to save it.


10 posted on 03/24/2014 5:14:14 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: BuckeyeTexan
High court to weigh limits of religious liberty in ObamaCare case

What They Should Be Doing:

High court to weigh limits of ObamaCare in religious liberty case


11 posted on 03/24/2014 5:15:37 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: kindred

[Ever since Roberts’ decision, this entire court is a joke in my eyes.]

What did you expect.
Bust #1.. Tard lite.
Clinton.. 100% Full Tard communist
Bush #2.. Tard lite.
The worm. 100% Full Tard communist

We haven’t had a president in 26 years that actually read
much less knows what the Constitution says or means.
-Or-
They know and don’t like it to the point of subversion.
Funny how the march to socialism has never stopped or
slowed in the past 26 years.


12 posted on 03/24/2014 5:24:31 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: BuckeyeTexan

One hopes for an American revival...


13 posted on 03/24/2014 5:24:39 AM PDT by polymuser
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To: Diogenesis
"The EXEMPT black-robed haters of the US Constitution
will “rule” against the US Constitution, as in the past.

After all, THEY are EXEMPT as are their families
and staff, and they are above the alleged “law”
for nonMoslems and for those outside of DC."

Only for as long as 310 MILLION are willing to lie down and be beat.

14 posted on 03/24/2014 5:35:39 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: txrefugee

“Shame on our generation”

You mean the “Inagodadavida draft dodging 60’s hippies”.
Look at the world today. Where are ALL the political
uprisings that lead to socialist uprising start? In
the universities. Where did the Inagodadavida draft dodging 60’s hippies come from? The Ivy League.
It’s always colleges. Could it be they are the only places
where they can find people stupid enough to buy their load of
communist crap?

Maybe we need to analyze the SAT tests because they seem to
attract the most gullible and ignorant among us.


15 posted on 03/24/2014 5:38:28 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: Iron Munro

“High court to weigh limits of ObamaCare in religious liberty case”

Good point. Since when do we put liberty on trial in the
face of a law? And just how “American” is a mandate that is
based on your very existence? I can legally get around
paying taxes by not working. Auto liability, not driving.
ObamaCare, not living. Mandate, no way around it but death.
We have a death tax, now we have a life tax and Roberts.
And we know how he feels about taxes.


16 posted on 03/24/2014 5:50:36 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: Diogenesis
"The EXEMPT black-robed haters of the US Constitution will “rule” against the US Constitution, as in the past. After all, THEY are EXEMPT as are their families and staff, and they are above the alleged “law” for nonMoslems and for those outside of DC."

Don't you just hate lawyers...they always find way to put themselves above the law.....I wonder how many lawyers have been arrested for serous crimes.....as compared to the general public...like murder....or narcotics...

You got'a know them slimy son-of-a-guns are into all kinds of graft....

17 posted on 03/24/2014 6:02:19 AM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: P-Marlowe; Sacajaweau

The real issue is medical necessity. There is a medical necessity for contraceptives in very few cases...and I think those really have nothing to do with contraception.

Requiring everyone be covered for what is not a necessity is an imposition of the governing classes’ whims on people.

War is objected to by some but can be seen as a necessity. Therefore, it’s not whimsical. Imposing a requirement to travel to a foreign country would be whimsical.

So, I agree. This is about imposing something that isn’t necessary to impose, and then requiring the violation of religious conscience to accomodate someone’s whim.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 7:05:20 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The fish rots from the top.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 8:45:29 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Iron Munro

Indeed.


20 posted on 03/24/2014 8:58:26 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

I suspect it’s the poor standard of education allowed in government schools. You don’t learn Latin or Greek or even the root words.

Instead you learn about the evil CORPORATIONS that are destroying mother Gaia and eating her children. What is the root of corporation I wonder?


21 posted on 03/24/2014 12:10:47 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Diogenesis

Disagree, they will rule in favor of religious liberty.


22 posted on 03/24/2014 12:14:25 PM PDT by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: Slambat

I go with #2. They know, they hate what it says.


23 posted on 03/24/2014 12:29:55 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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