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OpEd: Will Hobby Lobby pave the way?

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In a 5-4 decision today the Supreme Court ruled that Obama's Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, cannot infringe on the religious beliefs of employers. Obama’s beleaguered Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that all employers offering insurance must make “preventive care” part of their healthcare package. The White House decided that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would issue a regulation declaring “preventive care” includes numerous forms of birth control, including at least four that cause abortions in pregnant women.

Two Christian owned companies, one being the giant Hobby Lobby, and the other a much smaller business, Conestoga Wood Specialties, both filed suit. Hobby Lobby is owned by the Green family, who are Evangelical. Conestoga Wood Specialties is owned by the Hahn family, who are Mennonite.

Employers who provide healthcare without the abortion-pill coverage face a fine of $100 per employee, per day (meaning $36,500 per year for each worker). For Hobby Lobby, that would mean a penalty of $1.4 million per day, or approximately $500 million per year.

Because the Court held that this regulation violates a federal law, it did not need to reach the larger question of whether this Obamacare mandate also violates Americans’ First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion.

So now that Obama has once again been shot down in his quest to rule the day with nationalized health care; will this mean that little by little his trademark Affordable Care Act will be dismantled? Rather than a new president taking office and attempting to reverse the law, which would be hard to do, or Congress picking and choosing which parts of Obamacare to keep or which to throwout. Either the Supreme Court, or the lower Federal Courts will be striking down the law as the suits come in.

Should this have even gotten as far as the Supreme Court? Isn't it in our Constitution that the government cannot foist upon us anything that might contradict one's religious beliefs? This is where the "church and state" people should really be speaking out. Because there is no such thing as a separation between the church and the state in our Constitution....it simply states that the government shall not impose any one religion over another to be the country's main religion.

People have been flocking to this country since the very beginning to avoid religious persecution, or having another religion forced on them. This is one of the main foundations of this country. Yet Obama, and his followers want to change that. The Constitution means nothing to them that they would have the arrogance and the audacity to come in and make changes to it after over 200 years.

But today's ruling marks only the beginning of what will surely be an on-going rebuke of Barack Obama and his policies and his ideals. It shows that liberalism is not what the American people want after all. And it should be sending a clear and concise message to this administration that they will not be forced into anything they don't like or want. Not to mention using the IRS to penalize people for not following a law that one, they didn't create, and two, didn't want.

For those who may have forgotten, the Affordable Care Act was rammed down the throats of Americans and when it passed as a law a great majority of the people did not want it. And still don't. Barack Obama stated that he felt vindicated after he won his re-election to the presidency. That vindication that he feels has been his redemption may now turn on him to ruin that great legacy that he believes he so richly deserves.

Certainly there's no doubt that Mr. Obama is not happy with today's ruling. How could he be? He's used to getting his way no matter what. It's clear that this is the beginning of the end of the reign of Barack Obama, finally he's hearing the word no and Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties have helped pave the way.

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