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June 30, 2014 - 10:30 am

During today’s press briefing at the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said that the Obama White House will “respect” the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hobby Lobby case, despite disagreeing with it. Earnest also spelled out why the Obama administration disagrees, saying: “We believe the owners of for-profit companies should not be allowed to assert their personal religious views to deny their employees federally mandated benefits.”

The “federally mandated benefits” were not written into the Obamacare law, which was opposed by the majority of Americans when Democrats passed it and remains unpopular now. The Department of Health and Human Services wrote the mandate into regulations and has refused to budge ever since. The Supreme Court found that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was passed with an overwhelming congressional majority and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, a Democrat.

Earnest would not specify which options the Obama administration is assessing after the 5-4 defeat, one of a string of defeats that the Obama administration has met at the Supreme Court recently.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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20 weeks ago
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Why not just force the drug makers to give away birth control? Makes as much sense, right? Haven't they "made enough money"?
21 weeks ago
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The ruling was 5-4... all the Treasodent needs to do is push into retirement one of the five who had the temerity to stand up to him and uphold religious freedom and replace with another activist judge. He then can issue executive order number 198,648,326,348,956,384 restoring that mandate then have his stacked court justify the presidential trampling of religious freedom through entitlement expansion.
21 weeks ago
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That'll be the end of the Republic. Healthcare, gun rights, you name it and it will all collapse. It'll be like living in France, without the good food, architecture, and the Louvre. More like living in Podunk, New Jersey.
If Hillary runs and wins, or drops out and Warren runs and wins, it'll make the last 5-1/2 years seem charming.
21 weeks ago
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As opposed to FDR, who was re-elected with (what I understand was) overwhelming majorities and with no limitation (at the time) on how many times he could be re-elected, I think the Supreme Court is in a better position to hold the line especially with respect to the over-reach that the administration seems to prefer in advancing its agenda.
21 weeks ago
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So sayeth Erick Son of Erick: “My religion trumps your ‘right’ to employer subsidized consequence free sex.”

Right on!
21 weeks ago
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spokesman Josh Earnest said that the Obama White House will “respect” the Supreme Court’s decision on the Hobby Lobby case

Respect = ignore
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