Charity gets win for now over Obamacare on contraception
January 24th, 2014
04:25 PM ET
8 months ago

Charity gets win for now over Obamacare on contraception

(CNN) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday will enable a religious-affiliated non-profit and other groups like it to remain temporarily exempt from Obamacare requirements to cover birth control and other reproductive health they oppose for religious reasons.

The justices extended an injunction first granted on an emergency basis just before the New Year for a Catholic charity for the elderly run by nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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  1. Sniffit

    "This is a clear victory for the religious groups who brought the case to the court. "

    No it's not. This is not a ruling on the merits of the case.

    January 24, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "This is a clear victory for the religious groups who brought the case to the court. "

    And while you're overblowing a ruling that is not a ruling on the merits of the case, will you even be reporting at all on the ruling that blocked Missouri's laws that attempted to nullify and prevent ACA "navigators" from assisting people with their healthcare-dot-gov enrollments and other aspects of the ACA? $10 says you won't and that, if you do, you'll downplay the ruling. Oh, and BTW, 3 million enrollees via healthcare-dot-gov so far...and that doesn't count people who complied without going to the website or the 7 or so million who are now covered via Medicaid. Suddenly you're not too interested in the numbers anymore, eh?

    January 24, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    This is pretty du mb. Where does it end? First it's religious, exemptions (so much for separation of church and state), then what.. some gun-toting NRA type who worships guns and uses that as an excuse to not provide as an employer?
    I'd like to see if I can get a Federal tax-exemption as it violates my religious beliefs... R_I_G_H_T !!!

    January 24, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. The REAL Truth...

    Let me guess... it was the usual 5-4 decision, with Roberts siding with the 5??
    No surprises there... it's no wonder the GOP doesn't want Obama nominating left-leaning justices.

    January 24, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. freedom

    It's about time the Supreme Court ruled correctly. Justice Roberts helped get us into this mess – now they need to help get us out. Moody's already downgraded our healthcare insurance rating – that directly translates into the low quality of healthcare Americans will receive.

    January 24, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. ChrisM

    The Supreme Court just opened up another can of worms just like they did in the Citizens United case. Just wait and see all the Crazies coming out of the woodwork now.

    January 24, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "If the employer applicants inform the Secretary of Health
    and Human Services in writing that they are non-profit
    organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have
    religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive
    services, the respondents are enjoined from enforcing against the
    applicants the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection
    and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final
    disposition of the appeal by the United States Court of Appeals
    for the Tenth Circuit...The Court issues this order based on all of the
    circumstances of the case, and this order should not be construed
    as an expression of the Court’s views on the merits."

    Leaving out the "pending clause" AND the specific warning not to construe the order as an expression of the Court's views on the merits combines to make your article misleading. What's so hard about reporting it fully and in a non-misleading manner? Was it THAT important that you deliberately try to give the impression of a ruling on the merits or permanence of the order? Were you THAT itchy to say "clear victory" when it's really not?

    January 24, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    @freedom – Moody's already downgraded our healthcare insurance rating – that directly translates into the low quality of healthcare Americans will receive.
    -------------------------------
    I don't suppose that being ranked #38 in the WORLD for healthcare QUALITY AND the #1 in EXPENSE before ACA bothered you much??? and how does Moody's downgrade our "healthcare insurance rating" ??

    January 24, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Let me guess... it was the usual 5-4 decision, with Roberts siding with the 5??"

    Nope. It's an unsigned ruling that does not reference any voting or split of the court. It quite clearly says the order is just while the case is pending appeal and ends with a very explicit warning not to interpret the order as indicative of the Court's views of the merits of the case.

    January 24, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The exemption stands while the case is being considered by the lower courts. It is a clear victory for the religious group and its insurer."

    I don't know, CNN. That might be carrying the GOPer water bucket a bit too far.

    January 24, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    To be fair, I'm as liberal as it gets and even I think that there is still some room for a very limited, narrow group of truly religious organizations to be exempt from such a mandate...ones that satisfy all the requirements as tax-exempt charities, are in no way involved in political activities whatsoever, are non-profit and have an explicit religion-focused mission. The problem is making sure exemption is not given to random for-profit corporation XYZ, Inc. that makes huge political donations all the time and has no religious mission whatsoever...all just because the owners who started it are religious fundamentalists who want to impose their beliefs on their employees. Chick Fil A would be a good example of the latter. The corporation is mandated to provide it, not the owners themselves, and if they want to pretend that the corporation is a separate entity, they don't get to pick and choose. Corporations don't have "beliefs."

    January 24, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. tom l

    She and tom "disproved" my claim that 200,000 workers have left Wisconsin since Walker took over by posting population figures that showed a steady growth in Wisconsin's population. I guess that they forgot about babies being born, and expected to see a drop in the population, instead of the slow down in growth that they demonstrated.
    ===

    I think the problem with Rudy is he can't even admit when he's wrong. You said people were leaving in droves from Wisconsin (200,000+ people). I demonstrated that wasn't the case whatsoever and that you were just making that up. Then you actually try to say that increase is due to birthrate???? Birthrate. Really. So they have about 65,000 births. The population is up in Wisconsin by way more that the amount of births even if you factor in the supposed 200,000 people leaving in droves.

    Rudy, you are one of a kind. The facts are that people are most definitely not leaving Wisconsin due to the governor. Maybe some union people are but the vast majority are not only staying, they are increasing in numbers. I would suggest that you stop trying to prove that you are right all the time. Even with my comment that was putting my hand out you shoved it back in my face. It appears that you have no desire for dialogue and the fact that you are fighting everyone to prove you are right only demonstrates that characteristic.

    Lynda, The Real TP and Fair, I'm excited by today. I think we can make this a positive place for dialogue. Let's make it happen. Have a wonderful weekend.

    January 24, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Moody's already downgraded our healthcare insurance rat"

    You mean "outlook," not "rating," and both S&P and Fitch are holding it as "stable," so Moody's is odd man out. Pretty sadly predictable that the odd man out is what becomes the focus of the stories on conservative sites like Faux and The Hill instead of being noted as the one that's different from everything else.

    January 24, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Thomas

    We have so much more in common with Iran then we think .

    Religious court .

    January 24, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. tom l

    Sniffit,
    I'm not sure u want to be in the position of defending the corrupt rating agencies like Moody's or S&P. those are the bad guys that helped fuel the housing bubble. They are very bad people who clearly can be bought off. I'd say the odd man out in this case is probably the closest to the truth. Do u agree or think different from that? I definitely think we find common ground on these "rating agencies".

    January 24, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. freedom

    You people are grasping at straws defending Obamacare. It's a disaster. It's a sinking ship we're all on. You believed this president and he lied to you. period.

    January 24, 2014 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Lynda, The Real TP and Fair, I'm excited by today. I think we can make this a positive place for dialogue. Let's make it happen. Have a wonderful weekend."

    Seriously, tom ... I wish you the best of positive dialogue. Having said that, my comment to Rudy NY caused a bit of a stir. I should have added (J/K) to my comment.

    Apparently my attempt at humor was misunderstood by both Rudy and Tom Paine. For that I apologize and readily admit I am not (as Tom Paine suggests) in the same league as Rudy.

    January 24, 2014 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Wake up People!

    And this is the liberal controlled media we hear so much about??

    January 24, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |