Monday, March 09, 2015

Supreme Court rules against Obama administration in Notre Dame case: Sends case back to lower court


The Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration on Monday, throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government concerning the University of Notre Dame's religious objections to contraception coverage.

From Reuters:
The justices asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision against the South Bend, Indiana-based Roman Catholic university in light of the June 2014 Supreme Court ruling that allowed certain privately owned corporations to seek exemptions from the provision.

The case is part of national litigation concerning religious objections to the contraception provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known widely as Obamacare.

The law requires employers to provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women including access to contraception and sterilization.

Various challengers, including family owned companies and religious affiliated nonprofits that oppose abortion and sometimes the use of contraceptives, say the requirement infringes on their religious beliefs.

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Obamacare has changed the entire dynamic of employer-provided health insurance. Part time employment, dropped plans, huge, unaffordable deductibles, smaller physician networks, greater out of pocket expenditure to continue seeing physicians treating specific chronic ailments who are no longer in network (the greatly touted cure to the previous condition exclusion), etc.

Unlike private employers who need to generate a profit to remain viable, the government has no such concern. They just keep taking or exempting or otherwise siphoning off the money they need from the working members of society under the threat of incarceration.

In fact, kind of sounds similar to the circumstances of a local mob crew trying to muscle in on an existing profitable business.

Here is what has happened with the implementation of Obamacare:

1. Much higher premium increases than many can afford.

2. Loss of preferred insurance plans altogether.

3. Job hour downsizing to part-time status lowering weekly pay, eliminating medical coverage and forcing individuals to purchase their own insurance with the lower pay they will now be receiving.

4. Huge, and in many cases, unaffordable deductible levels, in five figures in many cases.

5. Constrained doctor and hospital networks where people with pre-existing conditions that were being treated are finding that their preferred physicians are no longer in a covered network, forcing them to deal with new out-of-pocket expenses. So much for the “if you like your physician you can keep them” Obama lie.

6. Private medical records and other sensitive identifying information now open to massive security breaches lowering the bar for identity theft and massive fraud.

Need one go on?

With passage of Obamacare, the Democrats not only fulfilled a decades-old liberal dream, but they were sure that at last, the United States could begin to unite under the humanitarian umbrella of health insurance, and ultimately healthcare, for all its citizens.

This Barack Obama led group could now stand arm in arm with FDR’s 1930’s Social Security Progressives, and LBJ’s 1960’s caucuses, who pioneered the landmark national welfare programs.

These brave new Progressives had aggressively and skillfully grasped a rare partisan moment to construct the third leg to the social tripod of humanity, and finally this country could indeed become a Great Society. They were so proud.

Now it’s clear that instead of saving us, they had stunned us with a massive, crushing wedge, and set in motion a bitter, likely decades-long clash, that ultimately may tear the U.S. economy apart.

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