Federal Court Issues Injunction Against Obamacare Contraception Mandate

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It’s a temporary injunction, but still a positive development.

(CNSNews.com) – The first private business owner to sue the Obama administration over its contraception mandate has won a small victory in the larger battle to preserve his religious liberty:

A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Obamacare mandate from taking effect against the Missouri business owner, pending the the outcome of the appeals process.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted a motion for a preliminary injunction filed on behalf of Frank O’Brien and O’Brien Industrial Holdings of St. Louis, which runs the Christy family of companies.

The debate over this mandate has been a fascinating one to observe, because it’s instructive as to how many Americans view their rights under the law.

Not only do many seem to feel that they have a right to someone else (their employer, in this) providing them with health insurance, they also seem to think that they have a right to demand coverage that would violate the moral conscience of those paying to provide it. Some even argue that religious employers refusing to provide coverage for things like contraception or abortion is somehow that employer imposing their beliefs on employees.

Which is sort of like thinking that a vegetarian restaurant must prepare you a steak if you want one, whether they like it or not.

The entitlement mindset runs deep in America these days, unfortunately.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • yy4u2

    After reading that last line, the image of Darth Vader speaking these words came to mind, “Julia, I am your father.” Living the (non)American dream cradle to grave.

  • HG

    Good news.

  • Davo

    Should this O’Brien guy have a right to only provide health insurance to his whtie employees? As in, he’d still employ black and brown people, but they would not be allowed in on the company’s group health insurance plan.

  • WOOF

    Employees pay for their heath coverage with their labor,
    health care is their property.
    Don’t let corporate bureaucrats come between a patient
    and their doctor.

  • guest

    I really don’t get the other side’s argument, don’t you file an insurance claim when you have a problem that needs to be fixed? What are they claiming, sudden and unexpected fertility?

  • dwnwththeolguard

    Growing up in this country with broken homes, both parents working, leaving the day care and the school systems to raise the children lead to no family values, less morality, and an entitlement loving nature. We now love the Nanny State! O great government, give me, give me give me! All I want is my free birth control and health care and food stamps and and and and………

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    I really question putting abortion and birth control in health care. Such things are optional. A health care policy should focus on health. These extras were included as political sops to the left and possibly as jabs to the conservatives. Health would be things like disease, injury, maybe even checkups.

    This was what Rush was saying when he used the crude term for the woman who wanted government subsidized birth control. These are not part of health care.

    • RCND

      What other recreational drugs will they expect to be covered if the birth control mandate stands…

  • kevindf

    Aren’t nutrition, rest, hygiene and exercise part of health care?

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