Federal judge rules Hobby Lobby must cover morning-after pill under Obamacare

It’s one step forward and one step back for opponents of Obamacare’s mandate that employers provide birth control as part of health insurance coverage. Late Friday, news broke that a federal judge had issued an injunction in favor of Tyndale House, a Christian publisher that had filed an objection to providing several forms of contraception on religious grounds.

Today, though, a federal judge ruled against arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby, a family-owned  “biblically founded business” that objected to being forced to provide morning-after and week-after birth control pills as well as some intrauterine contraceptive devices. Though U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton wrote that the court was not unsympathetic to the plaintiffs, he ruled that Hobby Lobby is not a religious organization but a secular, for-profit corporation and therefore not exempt from the mandate.

What options does Hobby Lobby have following this ruling aside from paying the fine? While there’s the possibility of cutting everyone to part-time status to avoid having to provide coverage, some suggest the store consider shutting down.

Is it time for another “buycott”?

Remember how we’d all love Obamacare once we found out what’s in it? Like the lowered cap on Flexible Spending Accounts, and now this?

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