Supreme Court opt-outs Obamacare; SCOTUSblog smacks haters

There were two large and related news stories from the Supreme Court today.

First up, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 (PDF) that some Obamacare provisions can indeed be ignored by some employers who object to it on religious grounds:

Attempting to expand religious expression protections to small business owners without significantly disrupting the rules that govern for-profit corporations, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration must exempt closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby from a rule requiring large companies to help pay for their employees’ birth control.

In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The RFRA dictates that an individual’s religious expression shouldn’t be “substantially burdened” by a law unless there is a “compelling government interest.”

Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the contraception rule “would put these merchants to a difficult choice: either give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits, available to their competitors, of operating as corporations.”

Yes folks, Obamacare the new tax has been challenged and slapped down once again.

Ultimately, it will fail of its own weight of tax-burden idiocy foisted on the general public, but lawsuits launched by employers have been effective in diminishing its impact on business in the near term.

Perhaps another valid objection (religious or just common sense) would be in having wasteful government do a job (help the afflicted and sick) that has been largely managed by religious charities (St. YOLO Hospital).

And on a humorous note, some people decided to vent their frustrations directly at SCOTUSblog — a private run website that covers Supreme Court rulings. The sheer amount of stupidity they responded on twitter to is lulz-worthy:

Failure of democracy. MT @Rockinwil: Time to do away with the @SCOTUSblog since they are no longer representing citizens of the US.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2014

We thought blogging seemed very 21st century. MT @Iiuslep: @SCOTUSblog want to obliterate any progressive acheivement of 20th century.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2014

File a petition MT @yenisargueta: Thanks for not giving me the choice to my own body @SCOTUSblog Can I get carrots banned cause I want to?
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2014

Or eating the cheap Kung Pao Chicken MT @NYCPainter1: Of all the bad decisions @SCOTUSblog made the last few years, #HobbyLobby is the worst
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2014

Um, call your ISP? RT @controlmemore: @SCOTUSblog kicked down my front door and stole my freedom. What do I do now?????
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2014

Beat heads on desks RT @USUfacts: @MattAHorton @SCOTUSblog pretty sure it’s their blog as run by their clerks. check your facts.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 30, 2014

With supporters like this, detractors of Obamacare could probably claim victory that the judicial branch of SCOTUSblog has ruled it unconstitutional.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. The question I’ve got is if *Hobby Lobby* is paying for the contraception, why is the *employee* getting billed for health insurance?

    1. The actual TAX collection is done by the one department that is ALL about redundancies, except email backups: the IRS.

      1. WTF does taxes have to do with Hobby Lobby’s ethical sensibilities, other than they have no problem throwing whatever ethics they DO have to the wind when it comes to tax day?