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July 1, 2014 - 7:10 am
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Why fix a problem that you created, when you can blame others and make an election year issue out of it? That’s essentially the Obama White House’s strategy after its Hobby Lobby case defeat at the Supreme Court on Monday.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that closely held corporations can base some employee health care benefit decisions on the owners’ religious beliefs. It was a pro-private property rights and pro-religious freedom decision, the latter a rarity in the Obama years. Hobby Lobby, owned by the deeply Christian Green family, sued to get out from under the Obamacare mandate that would force them to either provide abortifacient drugs in their employee health benefits or pay huge fines. The Greens had said that they would not comply, and would consider closing their 572 stores nationwide rather than go against their beliefs (beliefs widely held by millions of Christians). Hobby Lobby already provides coverage for 16 different contraceptives, just not ones that act after conception. Hobby Lobby also pays its hourly employees on average about double the national minimum wage.

The mandate in question was created by fiat in Obamacare regulations. It was not written into the original law.

The Obama administration has in the past used regulations to have the federal government give abortifacient benefits to employees of religious groups that were carved out of the Obamacare mandate on religious objections.

But according to Time magazine, the Obama administration and the Democrats will not go that route after Hobby Lobby. Instead, they will use the summer to put pressure on congressional Republicans to pass a law to “fix” the problem.

[White House spokesman Josh] Earnest quickly added that President Obama, who has been touring the country promoting his ability to work around Congress, plans no immediate executive actions to remedy the situation created by the Hobby Lobby ruling. “The Supreme Court was ruling on the application of a specific law that was passed by Congress,” Earnest said. “So what we’d like is for Congress to take action to pass another law that would address this problem.”

This is a notable departure in strategy for the White House that is likely to increase the visibility of the issue in an election year, while delaying the arrival of a solution for those women who will now be denied certain contraceptive coverage. All signs Monday pointed to the fact that Democrats would rather stage a political fight over the issue than quickly resolve it for the affected women. Both the Democratic Party and the White House Twitter accounts spend much of the day rallying people to outrage on social media over the decision.

So, the Democrats want the Republicans to vote on a fix to a law that they despise, on an issue on which most Republicans are united with their base, but on which the left can be fired up to outrageous outrage for the next few months.

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The Republicans are to messaging what the IRS is to preserving material evidence.

The Court ruled that Hobby Lobby could indeed provide 16 out of 20 non-abortive contraceptives....AND THIRD PARTIES COULD PROVIDE THE OTHER FOUR FOR FREE.

That is, a woman engaged in reckless and irresponsible unprotected sex could STILL get her fertilized egg aborted without, you know, CONTRIBUTING A DIME to her own lifestyle choice ramifications. The Supreme Court didn't reach a hand into a woman's body, they reached into the wallet and found a sugar daddy.

Now, I personally don't care about what kind of sex any individual is having. And I'm not a prude about sex before marriage. Have all the reckless and irresponsible, unprotected sex you want. But if you get pregnant and can't avoid that with 16 paid for types of contraceptives, get your legs down out of the air for a minute, get a job someplace other than Hobby Lobby and reach into your own damn wallet for $5.00 to take care of your own business...as was the case before the lawless, illegal, piece of legislative crap called Obamacare forced people who don't know you to clean up your serial afterbirths.
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This idea that Congress has to fix it is nonsense. The statute would be no more legal than the regulation. The SC has spoken. It is settled law, now.

This is just a campaign strategy to gin up the Dem base. The proper response is, "Like ObamaCare, it is settled law. The very same Justices who allowed ObamaCare have restricted it a little bit, here. So, why are we discussing this?"
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The fact that thee were four Supreme Court "Justices" who agreed with the mandate is something I find troubling.
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I'll wager that it isn't Hobby Lobby's employees that are out protesting the ruling. I'll bet most of 'em probably have no problem that HL doesn't pay for all types of BC
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If what Obama and the democrats are searching for is someone that'll pay for women's preventative birth control maybe they can get a tax passed on testicles. Since congress is nearly devoid of said 'package' they won't even have to 'insert' the usual 'does not apply to congress' verbiage.

They can call it The Testicle Tax.

With a loophole for gay men to opt out of course.

See how easy it is to solve these issues when you take the direct approach?

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Isn't it A GOOD THING that Lib's aren't "breeding"? Maybe we have this all BACKWARDS & we should encourage them ALL to STOP BREEDING, even if we have to pay for it, It COULD BE A "NET GAIN" for us in the long range!! :)
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Incredible. Sebilius and Obama wrote the section out on their own in the basement of the White House. This change never went through Congress.

Personally, the entire bill needs to go back through House ;)
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It's time for sensible women to stand up and say that those crazy feminists don't represent me; I can read. Hobby Lobby pays for insurance that covers 16 types of birth control. Only 4 are not included in the policies. Furthermore, Hobby Lobby pays way more than the minimum wage so that employees can save their own money for morning-after pills if they forget to take the ones their insuranc paid for. I am sick of feminists telling the world I'm stupid.
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DemBamaCare delenda est.
This kind of response is what I expect from Obama and the Enablers -- the Court insists on protecting liberty, so let's pass a law that restricts liberty. This whole concept of government-managed or government-provided healthcare is an assault on liberty.
DemBamaCare delenda est.
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Obama knows what he is doing. He wants the right to fume about birth control so that he can say they are waging a "war on women" and we fell right into his trap. Stop it! Stop talking about birth control now! Don't mention the phrase until after the 2016 election.

Don't get distracted: government health care is the problem. The VA is not just bad management; it is the epitome of government run and regulated healthcare. It has to be that way. Government doesn't work. And it violates our rights to run our lives as we see fit. That's the issue. Don't get distracted!
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Violations of civil rights is more like it.
Removing civil rights.
Taking away civil rights.
Voted against all civil rights.
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Why would Republicans feel any pressure at all - we like the decision.

The only ones who would feel the heat would be the Red State Dems up for reelection to their Senate seats, with constituents who also like the SCOTUS decision .... their squirming will be fun to watch!
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