Sotomayor Temp BLocks Contraception Mandate

The new of the day. Sonia Sotomayor halts contraceptive rule.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor late on New Year’s Eve blocked Obamacare’s requirement that a care facility for the elderly run by Catholic nuns provide contraception coverage to its employees.

The requirement was due to go into effect on Jan. 1 for the non-profit company and other religious-affiliated institutions across the country. Several lower courts on Monday granted similar emergency petitions, but a request from the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Denver was denied, prompting its lawyers to go to the Supreme Court.

In her order, Sotomayor blocked the government from enforcing the requirement on the Denver home until further notice from the Supreme Court. The government has until Friday at 10 a.m. to respond.

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  1. This is happening with nearly all facets of the healthcare law. Waivers. Implementation ranges from confusing to potentially disastrous and so until the authors of the bill figure out how to implement it without major disruptions and complications, this will continue. Seems like we should have just asked a Canadian to come south of the border and explain how this works before passing a law the corrupt insurance industry and the greedy AMA lobbyists were in support of. Maybe the democrats are actually against universal healthcare coverage and therefore came out with this enormous turd of a law. It's like the friend who you ask to help move and he whines the whole time, breaks half your stuff and then drinks all your beer while watching you from the couch.

  2. Worse than carpetbaggers. The HHSMandate was added AFTER the Affordable healthcare act was voted on by Congress denying informed consent to the voice of the people. Obama knew the act with the HHS Mandate would not pass with informed consent. In the same manner, COMMON CORE was made to pass as a gift by the Gates Foundation, because Obama knew the taxpayers would not stand for it at all, otherwise.

  3. The injunction doesn't say anything but it may indicate that the court is skeptical of these kinds of mandates in the law. It was one thing for Roberts to do the taxation end-run around the individual mandate, but this mandate impacts insurers as well as those purchasing the insurance. Insurance companies are being told they cant tailor plans to fit specific risk pools but must provide certain coverages for everyone (i.e. plan B for men and post-menopausal women). Not only is this silly, its expensive to administer, and utterly negates the idea of insurance, the court has already made it plain the law violates the commerce clause, perhaps they are ready to deal with the rest of this mess now.


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