November 2, 2013
ALL THAT HYSTERIA WASTED:
Court Rules Contraception Mandate Infringes on Religious Freedom (SARAH WHEATON, November 1, 2013, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2013 5:58 PMA federal court on Friday ruled that the health care law's mandate that employers provide free coverage for contraception infringed on individual religious liberty.The case, Gilardi v. the Department of Health and Human Services, was the latest setback for the Obama administration as it struggles to fix the crippled insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov. However, the fight over the mandate long preceded the law's enactment and will most likely go to the Supreme Court.The mandate "trammels the right of free exercise," Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote for a divided three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.The ruling was largely in line with most others around the country so far.