July 21, 2014 – Professor Adam Winkler commented on the various political implications of the Hobby Lobby decision in an article on MSNBC.
“There’s always been a right to seek exemptions on the basis of religion,” said Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law. “Historically claims for exemptions have been unsuccessful, but Hobby Lobby may generate more willingness by judges to uphold exemption claims.”
Political opposition to the Affordable Care Act, or to the Obama administration in general, Winkler said, could lead to any number of potential challenges.
“I could see other religiously motivated firms bringing religious objections to a wide variety of requirements under Obamacare, we could see it under other kinds of laws as well,” said Winkler. “I think there’s new awareness of the availability of religious exemptions from the Hobby Lobby case, and that might spur more religious exemption claims than we might have seen otherwise.” Hobby Lobby itself provided insurance that covered contraception methods it later sued over – until after the Affordable Care Act was passed and its requirement that insurance plans cover contraception was publicized.
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