November 26th, 2013
11:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Supreme Court to take up Obamacare contraception case

Washington (CNN) - The high-stakes fight over implementing parts of the troubled healthcare reform law will move to the U.S. Supreme Court in coming months, in a dispute involving coverage for contraceptives and "religious liberty."

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Donna

    Don't screw it up again Roberts! Judge the case you are presented and don't make things up!! Thanks to you and your stupidity the nation's healthacre system is being destroyed. You share part of the blame for that.

    November 26, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    They simply can not deny based on "Religion aspects". Religion and Law are totally different. ACA is a law, passed for the "good of the people". Employer can not and SHALL not deny.

    November 26, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Johnp40

    Another nail in the ObamaCare coffin.

    November 26, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Badmadmartigan

    CNN makes me laugh, why do they have two different comment programs on there website, why cant it be the same. i like to see what i write when i go to other stories.
    i hope hobby gets what they are after, this ACA is a mess and Almost 80 million with employer health care plans are about to cancel these next couple of quarters

    November 26, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. John Books

    Judge Roberts, please step up to the plate and do the right thing again.

    November 26, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Antronman

    Please, make the right choice. The last choice you made gave people with previous conditions a good option, but when it comes to healthy people with families you've set us back quite a ways.

    November 26, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. RSFan

    It is the law of the land. If they don't wish to obey the law of the land, they are free to close their doors. The Constitution protects the rights of the individual to worship as they wish, but does not allow them to impose those beliefs on their employees.

    November 26, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Mike

    Hobby Lobby has no grounds to appeal and I'm glad this will be settled once and for all. It is the insurance companies, not Hobby Lobby that are being required the provide contraceptive coverage. Hobby Lobby has cuts most of their employees' hours back so they don't have to provide coverage anyway.

    November 26, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. bearitstrong

    Donna... how can you be so wrong?

    November 26, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Joe NYer

    Donna nailed it right. Roberts truly provided wood for the fire. We're destroying ourselves from within and an appointed Supreme Court judge could not see that. Incredible.

    November 26, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Demigod Vadik, CA

    So if an employer says he doesn't believe in cancer on religious reasons then he shouldn't have to pay for the coverage???!!!

    ...its not up to the employer to decide what coverage the employees get...

    November 26, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Yep, don't screw it up. Citing Justice Scalia's majority opinion in Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, the court will should uphold the contraception requirement.

    November 26, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Stephen

    Companies don't have "religious beliefs," that's just a cop-out.

    But I don't think employers should be tasked with providing healthcare; we should have a universal system like every other country.

    November 26, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Kami

    Yes, Hobby Lobby, it's much better to drive up the rate of abortions. Idiots.

    November 26, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Brian

    "The nation's healthcare system is being destroyed" --Yeah sure bud, as if it was the envy of the world prior to Obamacare #goaway

    November 26, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Devils advocate

    The only time an insurer should be required to supply birth control is if it is medically necessary. For example 'the pill' is also used for hormone therapy for certain females.

    November 26, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. buccakenji

    Thanks, Donna, for the honest remarks. As things unfolded with Sandra Fluke, I expected women to stand in favor of these provisions. It is comforting to know that sanity is still part of the pysch of the American people.

    November 26, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Walter

    The bias in the Supreme Court is apparent to anyone with even a modicum of interest. You already know that the 4 lib justices will vote with Obo, and at least 3 will vote against him.

    November 26, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. VET-2

    Shut up! You no absolutely nothing and speak from emotion rather facts!! Must be a TPRPUB!

    November 26, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    So if a Christian Scientist is CEO of a company can they deny health coverage all together because they don't believe in medical treatments? Can a church of white supremacists refuse to pay to cover anyone not white? No!

    We are all in this together as a country. Why does one sub-sect of radical right wing Christians get to whine and get exemptions from the law the rest of us follow? That is not Religious Liberty. That is another attempt to make this country into a conservative Christian Country. Keep America Free for ALL religions, not just the "Right" one.

    November 26, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Anon

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"

    What is there to argue about?

    And Donna, how exactly is it being destroyed? What alternative has the GOP offered? People like you sound so stupid it's ridiculous. You'll vote Republican, who offer no one anything, over Democrat because the democrat, with his good intentions, had an ambitious plan that has some glitches. The GOP would literally laugh while watching you die before they'd give you healthcare, and you think they're better? What a complete and total moron.

    November 26, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. HarvardLaw92

    Considering that this case was decided in favor of Hobby Lobby at the appellate level, and SCOTUS agreed to hear an appeal from the Obama administration challenging that ruling, Hobby Lobby should be worried.

    November 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Kevin

    I hope during this case they argue that their religious choices should not affect the people they employ, due to those people possibly feeling different about this issue. And ask the company if it hates birth control or other forms of contraception, its company does not have to take it because its not an actual person that needs them. If their employees agree with this company then they probably wont buy contraception, but if they do... obviously they disagree with their organization.

    November 26, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Phillip

    Donna: don't forget about the Citizens United decision. Corporations are people...only, more equal than people!

    Jus think: we have probably another 30 years of Roberts to screw up this country...

    November 26, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Ian

    What's with the scare quotes around religious liberty? I get that people think that religious convictions regarding cooperating with the mandate are silly, but you ought to just treat it as a case where you think religious liberty should lose out to some other, more important value. Like, I dunno, free love, man. Putting it in scare quotes suggests a biased attitude (we've all got them) that happens to be tenuously grasped and intellectually dishonest.

    November 26, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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