Hillary Clinton: Obamacare contraceptive decision 'deeply disturbing'
June 30th, 2014
05:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Hillary Clinton: Obamacare contraceptive decision 'deeply disturbing'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton called the Supreme Court's ruling throwing out the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for certain businesses "very troubling."

"This is a really bad slippery slope," Clinton said Monday on the heels of the 5-4 decision, which said for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.

"I disagree with the reasoning as well as the conclusion," she said at the Aspen Ideas Forum in Colorado. "I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that direction."

Clinton said the ruling potentially opens the door to companies to reject coverage of other things based on religious beliefs.

"There are companies...that don’t believe in blood transfusions," she said.

"That’s a religious belief that people hold. So does that mean if you have a need for a blood transfusion, your insurance company doesn’t have to cover it?"

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    I think the SCROTUS may have just bitten off more then the Christian Right can chew.

    June 30, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. freedom

    Try and spin this any way you can – Hilary – that's what you do. The ruling speaks VOLUMES about the massive government intrusion in our lives – and it's finally being called out – and this is just the beginning.

    June 30, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    So if I own a company my religious convictions tell me no one should own guns, can I disallow hunting or shooting range accidents if you shoot yourself in the foot? It is funny that conservative religious folks think only they can take away people's rights.

    June 30, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    Clinton said the ruling potentially opens the door to companies to reject coverage of other things based on religious beliefs.
    "There are companies...that don’t believe in blood transfusions," she said.

    A totally fabricated straw man. Doesn't exist. All Democrats and Clinton have is fear tactics and their wild imagination.

    June 30, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    The conservative wing of the SCOTUS gives voters another reason to vote for Hillary in 2016.

    June 30, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. nintex

    I shall henceforth buy my embroidery thread elsewhere.

    June 30, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. RWB1956

    don in Albuquerque said:

    I think the SCROTUS may have just bitten off more then the Christian Right can chew
    It's just another slam on President Obama. These guys and their supporters would cut their own throats to "get" Obama. They think this is some great victory not thinking how this will affect the country in the long run.

    June 30, 2014 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Not in any way. That should have been the way it was, all along. The tyrannical President overstepped his authority by leaps and bounds.

    June 30, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Tom

    SCOTUS is as political as Congress and the WH. Ludicrous how often the vote is 5-4-–except for the ACA when Roberts apparently forgot which side he was supposed to support. It seems he is back on the RIGHT side after his daring to vote his conscience. Common sense is not a requirement as evidenced by the political donations ruling. SCOTUS is a joke as 9 citizens off the street could do just as good a job.

    June 30, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. fthomascain

    Typical mainstream media report full of misinformation and outright lies. Hobby Lobby just does not have to provide the morning after abortion inducing pill. Contraception is not banned or outlawed, women will just have to pay out of pocket for that morning after pill. The clock is not being turned back, women will not be forced to get pregnant and contraception is not going to be unavailable in the United States and there is no war on women, just the right to moral convictions, just like when people and companies would not invest or do business with South Africa when they had Apartheid. Hypocritical of this old enabling hag to perpetuate the myth of a GOP war on women, when her and her deviant husband had their own real war on women for 30 years where her perverted husband conducted his serial sexual harassing and affairs and his enabling old wife looked the other way and then attacked the victims and mistresses rather than her deviant husband – leaving him like any self respecting moral woman would do.

    June 30, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Name

    I think Hillary is over reacting.

    June 30, 2014 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. J Anthony

    Who really cares what Snobby Lobby wants to do. They want to play games,that's their right. They don't want to cover the costs of certain things for their employees, they should have the right not to, it's their company. But the hypocritical,self-righteous nonsense over personal "beliefs" has no place in this conversation. As a related aside, most terrorists are more often than not fundamentalist religious zealots, and this is how it starts,they get political clout and they want to run things. Fundamentalist zealots respect no beliefs but their own. Religion has no place in the governing and running of a civil society... have we learned nothing from history and current events? Americans need to start agreeing on how to interpret the 1st AMendment..

    June 30, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. AdviceMF

    Does the same apply for male employees gdtting little blue pills for their E-D? If they are Christian Science, can employees get Flu shots, treatment for pain? As women say- it is OUR body, not yours.

    June 30, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    I help an elderly person with their insurance decisions. We have to verify, each year, that the needed medicine is covered by the selected policy.

    Yet, young women demand that each and every available contraception is provided to them in their company funded insurance??

    June 30, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. cal

    The war on women continues. Corporations are people now and can discriminate and choose the appropriate contraceptives for their employees. They can also choose not to cover any contraceptives. After all employers know what is best for women.

    June 30, 2014 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Gunderson

    There is the Constitution. Following the Constitution is troubling? I wonder what the Framers would say. If you don't like it, you have a beef with the Framers of the Constitution. Here we are dealing with Freedom of Speech. Anybody want to get rid of Free Speech? Anybody want to Re-Invent the Soviet Union?

    June 30, 2014 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. rob

    Hillary Clinton :
    "Clinton said the ruling potentially opens the door to companies to reject coverage of other things based on religious beliefs.

    "There are companies...that don’t believe in blood transfusions," she said. "

    This is a completely different situation. In her next news conference she should be compelled to name any company in the US who is against Blood transfusions and will not now offer an Insurance policy which does not include it. I'll guess any such company that ever existed in any size is now OUT OF BUSINESS.

    Hillary is desperate to change the subject from her disaster of a book tour and BOOK.

    June 30, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. rob

    The Dems and the media are playing this as though all women will be denied contraceptives. It is a HUGE straw man that of course they won't be called on. If the Dems and the liberals on the SCOTUS have their way, what would be the limit to which the Federal Govt could Mandate (force) all of us to do against our will?

    June 30, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Remember, folks, corporations are people, too: too bad that you are not. Its important to note that the Godfather of Conservative Jurisprudence, Robert Bork, always decided against individuals in every case he ever voted on, whether it was government vs an individual or a corporation vs the an individual. Corporate rights always take precedence over what is right for individuals in a society in the Right-wing world view, and the Government always loses against business because conservatives view the right of a money-making enterprise to be of more value than your rights as an individual. Congratulations, people: you've allowed your rights to bargained away for 30 pieces of silver by the Bush appointees to the Court.

    June 30, 2014 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. A Kickin Donkey

    The Supreme Court should be able to decide cases at a 7 to 2 or 6 to 3 split if it's findings were apolitical and worthy of respect by the democratic masses.

    The Roberts Court will not be well remembered in the history books.

    It is vital that Democrats (there are many more of us) vote in the off year elections so that we take the Senate and narrow the GOP's hold on the House. We can then have more liberal judges replace Ginsburg, Scalia, and Thomas.

    June 30, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Five men don’t want the birth control simple

    June 30, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Dan

    This part of Obamacare was propaganda staged to attract certain women (cheaply attracting politics of the populous), so it is not a big surprise that the one who is already running on that side of the political map has this reaction. OK, we are back to life and back to a three branch government of equal power, and a supreme court who does not like the executive branch over reaching. That simple, the rest is political commentary (when they rule for us they are great, when not then they are political.... it is not so simple).

    June 30, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. S. B. Stein

    I can't wait for some CEO to have the balls to go the Supreme Court and ask for the company given the right to vote. This seems to be going the way of the show on Syfy, "Continuum" where the corporations took over and restricted everything that people could do.

    June 30, 2014 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. Mr. Balls

    Was there ever any doubt where this republican court was going?

    June 30, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. John Wedge

    To answer her question – "Yes" – why is the government the one that decides what should and should not be covered. I would like my employer to buy me a house – so why not just have the government put it into law!?!? This is the problem when we hand over more and more of our own responsibilities to the gov't – we lose freedoms. The ACA changed our entire health care system – and we have not reduced the number of uninsured at all – why is Clinton and Obama not talking about that. We still have 14-15% uninsured. Worst piece of legislation in the past 20 years....

    July 1, 2014 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
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