Score another win for Obamacare — the US Supreme Court declined to temporarily block provision covering contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act.
First Read: Two businesses challenging the act — the nationwide chain of 500 Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores — contended that the law violates their religious freedom. Their legal battle is continuing over the merits of their claim. In the meantime, they asked the US Supreme Court to put a temporary hold on the law, which takes effect January 1, 2013.
“Lower courts have diverged on whether to grant temporary injunctive relief to similarly situated plaintiffs,” she said, “and no court has issued a final decision granting permanent relief with respect to such claims.”
If the two companies ultimately lose in the lower courts, the justice said, they can still appeal to the Supreme Court.
Of course, the right wing evangelicals will try to demonize Sonia Sotomayor. Just wait and see. The chorus of haters will be loud and clear.