Senate Dems introduce bill that would override Hobby Lobby ruling

posted at 6:01 pm on July 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

Noah told you it was coming and now here it is. Pandermonium:

The bill, developed in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive services, under the Affordable Care Act…

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”…

Ms. Murray’s bill criticizes the Supreme Court’s majority opinion and repudiates it by declaring that “employers may not discriminate against their female employees” in coverage of preventive health services.

To this end, it says that an employer “shall not deny coverage of a specific health care item or service” where coverage is required under any provision of federal law. Moreover, it says, this requirement shall apply to employers notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” she huffed, while insisting that your boss pay for those decisions. Incidentally, I’ve seen some confusion online today about whether Congress can overturn a Supreme Court decision. Sure they can, if the decision is based on the Court’s interpretation of legislation rather than an interpretation of the Constitution. Congress can always change its own laws. The Hobby Lobby decision was based on a reading of a federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, not a reading of the First Amendment. So yeah, this is fair game for Murray to change — if she can. Which she can’t: Obviously the bill is dead on arrival in the House. The only suspense, as Noah suggested, is what Senate Republicans will do. Do they try to filibuster it, handing Democrats an easy “Conservatives hate birth control!” talking point with which to pander to the single women who increasingly make up their base, or they let the Dems pass it and then watch as the bill dies a quiet death in the House?

But never mind that. Of all the bills Democrats could try to pass to make birth control “free” for their core constituency, how come they favor carving out an exception to a law that protects religious freedom? A Twitter buddy wonders:

Yeah, how come they didn’t amend the administration’s phony “costless” accommodation for religious nonprofits to include closely held corporations too? That would have left RFRA alone while making sure that Hobby Lobby employees could still get their abortifacient birth control “free” without the company being forced to pay for it. In fact, that’s what some observers think the White House will end up doing via HHS regulation. The fact that Murray insists on trying to chip away at RFRA tells you all you need to know about the symbolic clash of values Democrats want to set up here. They don’t want to “accommodate” religious freedom, they want to signal that that freedom is subordinate to your inalienable right to have your employer subsidize your reproductive choices. It may be that Murray thinks the accommodation will also end up being nuked by the Supremes and doesn’t want to rely on it as a fix under the circumstances, but that’s unclear for the moment. Even if it ends up happening, she could introduce her bill later as a response. The reason she’s making this move now is because Democrats need an angle for the midterms and, frankly, income inequality just isn’t hacking it. When in doubt, push the “war on women” crap, as boldly as you can.

Here’s Harry Reid yesterday promising to do “something” on the Hobby Lobby ruling, which is an appropriate way to describe Democratic strategy here. What they do, precisely, isn’t terribly important as long as it gives them opportunities to pander. Exit question: Dick Durbin’s alternate bill would force employers to disclose whether they cover birth control or not, presumably to open them up to ceremonial leftist shaming and boycotts. Is that a better or worse solution than Murray’s bill?


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Do a Reid on them: bury the bill in the House subcommittee.

Rix on July 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

If you only offer 16/20 contraceptives the state demands to your employees then you are a criminal.

/fasicsm

gwelf on July 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Democrat women are nothing more than voting vag1nas.

Prove me wrong.

CurtZHP on July 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I am so sick of leftists. So sick of them.

cat_owner on July 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

To this end, it says that an employer “shall not deny coverage of a specific health care item or service” where coverage is required under any provision of federal law.

Time to mandate bullets.

nobar on July 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Dick Durbin’s alternate bill would force employers to disclose whether they cover birth control or not, presumably to open them up to ceremonial leftist shaming and boycotts. Is that a better or worse solution than Murray’s bill?

To ask about a solution presupposes the existence of a problem.

Stoic Patriot on July 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

“Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.

Really? Tell me how it works out. Hot air indeed.

CW on July 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

CurtZHP on July 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I’m a woman and agree with you. Liberal women are a total embarrassment.

cat_owner on July 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Dick Durbin’s alternate bill would force employers to disclose whether they cover birth control or not, presumably to open them up to ceremonial leftist shaming and boycotts. Is that a better or worse solution than Murray’s bill?

They do this without the House?

CW on July 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Perfect.

I remember the good ol’ times when the lefties screamed “It’s the LAW, mothafluckas!” after Roberts played douchebag for a day.

Bishop on July 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I hate Democrats.

All of them.

Seething, rage-level hate.

Midas on July 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Dick Durbin’s alternate bill would force employers…

to provide Dick Turbans.

Flange on July 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

What is it with so many of you? All this talk about love, natural products, pollution, caring, etc. Yet you want to ensure you can pollute your body with enough chemicals to kill your own child. Truly.Something.

CW on July 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Nothing like killing a baby so you can fake an orgasm.

CW on July 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

How about we override Due Process and throw Reid in prison?

artist on July 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Worshipers of Molech.

22044 on July 8, 2014 at 6:12 PM

They do this without the House?

CW on July 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

They do this will full knowledge that it’ll never go anywhere but it will show their hand-wringing gimmie,gimmie,gimmie progtard base that they still care

BigWyo on July 8, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Dick Durbin’s alternate bill would force employers to disclose whether they cover birth control or not, presumably to open them up to ceremonial leftist shaming and boycotts. Is that a better or worse solution than Murray’s bill?

Flip a coin. Either you’re legislated and litigated into complete and utter ruin…OR…the slack-jawed hordes destroy your business with any and all means available to them.

Basic freedoms flowing away at quite the clip now, eventually we’re going to run out of them.

Bishop on July 8, 2014 at 6:12 PM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”…

Women have access to healthcare, but the boss isn’t going to pay for your morning after pill.

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Is it me or do Dem’s sound more and more like Teenagers? “give me money, give me shelter, give me food… don’t ask any questions about where your money is going or what I’m doing late at night….just keep the money coming” ? Guess that’s why the movement is so big on campuses. Adn is wholley supported by the ACA, 26 years old adn still considered a child…puhleeze!

Von Kleist on July 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

BIG Alert – OT

ANN: Great. Well, we have some interesting news. My husband Eddie is on the phone with us. We live in Southern California, and we’re Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they’re going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop’s office on Monday and they’re gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month. The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media. I’m not especially happy about it. My husband is a retired doctor, and he will share his concerns with you regarding this matter. Eddie, do you want to go ahead and talk about your thoughts?

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Libs live in an alternate universe and they create nothing but chaos in the real world so that their alternate looks better.

Kissmygrits on July 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Geez – democrats will do anything to divert attention away from Sarah Palin’s clarion call for obama’s IMPEACHMENT.

So, when is Reid going to trot out Fluke and her high-traffic LADY PARTS?

Pork-Chop on July 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Many young, single women care only about a select few social issues. Now that the gay thing is being taken care of by the courts, that leaves babykilling and BC as their two big concerns. Ignorant sluts, many of them.

Still, I don’t see this push by the left working that well in the fall. Showing up to vote for the first woman prez evah!!! is one thing. Midterms are quite another.

DisneyFan on July 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

…I remember the good ol’ times when the lefties screamed “It’s the LAW, mothafluckas!” after Roberts played douchebag for a day.

Bishop on July 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Yep. It’s The LAW unless they disagree, but we are supposed to Suck It Up.

Well, someone might end up sucking something here.

Tard on July 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

OT – open your homes, by force, soon

RUSH: Eddie, I just read that in some cases the lice are so bad you can see them crawling down the faces of some of the kids.

ANN: Yeah, the lice won’t kill you, but Ebola will, and so will gonorrhea and there’s syphilis and AIDS and hepatitis and diphtheria and polio, meningitis, and this new coronavirus coming in from the Middle East, so –

The gagging of doctors and the media should scare all of you, shitless.

Spread the words and don’t let anyone gag you.

The left/right are going to kill you, literally.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

RUSH: Okay. And then the Catholic Church accepted and said, “Okay, we will,” at least the Catholic Church in your town. You haven’t identified where you’re from.

ANN: Yes.

RUSH: And then the bishop has asked you and the other parishioners to help pay for this, but you are not supposed to tell anybody this, which you’ve just done.

The churches and the gov’t will kill you.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Pork-Chop on July 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Palin’s call for impeachment is actually distracting from the border crisis.

And Ds doing this has nothing to do with Palin. This has been in the works for awhile now.

cat_owner on July 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Patty Murray always has a look as if she’s following a buzzing fly on the wall and wondering “If I ate enough flies would I be able to buzz around like that?”

Bishop on July 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Liberals are usually Pro-choice:

Unless you want to choose which school to send your kids.
Unless you want to choose how much and what kinds of caloric intake you consume.
Unless you want to choose to exercise your religious freedoms.
Unless you to choose to drive a F-150
Unless you want to choose charity over government largesse…..

Add your own……if you choose.

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Lefty: things I don’t like must be unconstitutional!!

jdpaz on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

How about we override Due Process and throw Reid in prison?

artist on July 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

He shouldn’t go alone. He should have company. Lots of company.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

someone recently pointed out – this is the only ‘medication’ that the ACA REQUIRED be covered 100% with no co-pay or out of pocket. No other medicine for any reason or any condition was required to be ‘free’.

LilyBart on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

They hate the First Amendment.

Buck Farky on July 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Libs are only pro choice when it comes to abortion.

cat_owner on July 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Democrat:

Know what a woman is?

Me:

?

Democrat:

A life support system for a _____ .

Typhoon on July 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Do a Reid on them: bury the bill in the House subcommittee.

Rix on July 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

No better – the House should write and pass thousands of bills and just flood the Senate.

The democrats have really lost it. All they are going to do is harden the resolve against them.

redguy on July 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Add your own……if you choose.

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Choose your toilet (low flow only)
Choose which showerhead (same)
Choose incandescent light bulbs

LilyBart on July 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

dems are such liars. they make it sound like women who work at hobby lobby have no possible way of getting any kind of birth control at all ever. wtf????

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business”

yes, that’s what we conservatives are saying. funny how both sides say the same thing.

Sachiko on July 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Libs are only pro choice when it comes to abortion.

cat_owner on July 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM

You’re right.

Think about it:

Social Security

Medicare

Public Schools

and on and on….

CW on July 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM

A good night’s sleep is vital to my health. I demand my boss mind his own business and buy me a $4,500 temperpedic mattress.
#rejuvenationrights #warondarkcircles

One32ndHekawi on July 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The churches and the gov’t will kill you.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Well, it does make it easier to house members of Obumbles Childrens Crusade. First they get you to open your house to shelter them and after you fall ill and die from one of several communicable diseases some carry, it creates a convenient vacancy for more invader to take your place.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The Hobby Lobby decision was based on a reading of a federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, not a reading of the First Amendment.

So Hobby Lobby comes back with a Fist Amendment challenge and the administration has to argue free contraceptives are a “compelling state interest.” The First Amendment issue was not reached.

If a court can decide on non-constitutional graunds, it will, but it will go one to constitutional grounds if necessary.

Wethal on July 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Incidentally, I’ve seen some confusion online today about whether Congress can overturn a Supreme Court decision.

I think, being a co-equal branch of government, that Congress should be able to overturn ANY decision of the Supreme Court. But I know that’s not how it’s viewed today.

So, given that, I like Mark Levin’s proposal for a new amendment on that topic. His proposed amendment would give the Congress the ability to override any majority opinion of the Supreme Court upon two thirds vote of both houses, which would not be subject to a presidential veto. Further, his amendment would also give the same power to the states, who could override a majority opinion of the Supreme Court upon a vote of two thirds of the states. In both cases, the amendment would say that the exercising of that override would not be subject to review by any court.

That would go a long way toward restoring the balance of power between the branches.

Shump on July 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

This is not only War on Wimmins but also another attempt to make religion knuckle under to the state.

Wethal on July 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I hate %*(^@$ liberals. HATE THEM!!!! I hate every %#(&! last one of them. I hate every bones in their useless bodies. This IS NOT about denying women health care. It’s about them being able to force their worldview on everybody and tolerating no dissent. Gawd, I hope I’m alive when the revolution comes.

307wolverine on July 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Aren’t the Dems concerned about being called “extremists”? Aren’t they afraid of riling up the conservative base to vote against them?

Maybe the WaPo or some other non-partisan outlet can offer some helpful advice before they do something crazy.

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Lefty: things I don’t like must be unconstitutional!!

jdpaz on July 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM

And things I like must be free!!

/s

Wethal on July 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Food for thought – I just received the annual summer gimmie from the local parish. Maybe it’s time to check and see where my Bishop stands on this. Might need to reconsider whether to send a check or not.

katiejane on July 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Can’t wait to see if the Red State Dems vote for this.

Wethal on July 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

“Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.

Ok, SarahPAC…. Time to bring out the g*ns. The Dem’s are defining this ruling as “access”. The message needs to be that there is no loss of access – Sandra Fluke still has “access” to all the health care she needs. She just has to pay for her own birth control… like $9.00 a month EHRMEGHERD.

/Obliterate the Dem’s horrid and misleading mantra and do it quickly before it resonates with stupid women.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Ms. Murray’s bill criticizes the Supreme Court’s majority opinion and repudiates it by declaring that “employers may not discriminate against their female employees” in coverage of preventive health services.

Only a whorehound from hell would equate pregnancy and life as a form of disease that needs to be prevented.

somewhatconcerned on July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

It’s about them being able to force their worldview on everybody and tolerating no dissent.

Exactly that.

Gawd, I hope I’m alive when the revolution comes.

You may get your wish sooner than you think.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

We are being invaded and they are worried about birth control. Give every liberal women all the birth control and abortions they want. More abortions = less liberals. They will abort themselves into oblivion.

nobama1267 on July 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

To this end, it says that an employer “shall not deny coverage of a specific health care item or service” where coverage is required under any provision of federal law.

I realize that HHS regulations are supposed to have the full force and effect of law, but Obamacare would NOT have passed if the HHS mandate had been fleshed out in the statute. And one could argue that HHS has exceeded the congressional delegation of authority.

Beyond that, why are Democrats demanding that post-menopausal women and all men pay not only for coverage for themselves but also coverage for affluent women subject to no cost-control features such as deductibles or co-pay or both?

BuckeyeSam on July 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,”

But we want your boss to pay for it – which makes it his business.

So, it’s none of my boss’s business, no matter where I work, if I drink, smoke, get fat, show up for work with contagious diseases, stop using deodorant, stop brushing my teeth, stop taking my medications, and on and on….

And yet the left wants to tell us we can’t smoke, can’t drink large sugary drinks, can’t eat salt, can’t eat fatty foods, and on and on…..

dentarthurdent on July 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Noah told you it was coming

Noah says a lot of stuff. And, with all due respect, he’s out of his element here at HA. Not in a good way.

That being said, I work in DC in the public policy arena. Headlines of “Senate Dems introduce bill that would override Hobby Lobby ruling” no longer concern me.

1. Senate Dems would never get said bill through the GOP-controlled House. It isn’t even a given that they could get it out of committee and to a full vote of the Senate.

2. Even if, by some chance the bill that was introduced made it out of committee and up for a full vote of the Senate, Senators vulnerable in November are not going to vote in favor of a bill against religious freedom. You really think that Mary Landrieu is going to support a bill that attacks Christians when it isn’t even going to get out of the House?

In short, this is not a serious thread any more than those concerning impeachment of the rat-eared wonder. A method to build the traffic numbers at HA.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Worshipers of Molech.

22044 on July 8, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Placing their children in the burning hands of Molech is an offering to their pagan god.

Their souls are as black as night.

portlandon on July 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

It’s about them being able to force their worldview on everybody and tolerating no dissent. Gawd, I hope I’m alive when the revolution comes.

307wolverine on July 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Spot on.

cat_owner on July 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

So Hobby Lobby comes back with a Fist Amendment challenge
Wethal on July 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I’d sure like to give them a fist amendment….

dentarthurdent on July 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Is that a better or worse solution than Murray’s bill?

Neither. A “solution” implies there’s an actual problem somewhere.

whatcat on July 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM

How’s that Harry (and Patty), are you going to give them free abortifacients – you lying scum?

Another Drew on July 8, 2014 at 6:37 PM

The Democrook party is engaged in a political street theatre performance to keep the true believers engaged and their donations rolling in. That is why, as the world falls apart, they are afflicted with chronic verbal diarrhea regarding “important” issues such as #climatechange! and whether your employer should be forced to pay for birth control stuff you can buy at WalMart for a few bucks a month. The sad truth is these pathetic morons have no clue about what to do about anything save for keeping their own phony baloney jobs come next January. And what’s worse, the Republiclods are only marginally better, if at all.

What would really be helpful would be if the entire Democrap-gubbermint-media complex dry up and blow away like the ossified pile of turd that it is.

Marxism is for dummies on July 8, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Whatever happened to “settled law”? I thought that’s what the left was screeching about when the right complained over the Roberts Obamacare ruling….

bimmcorp on July 8, 2014 at 6:37 PM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”…

Yet another example of why this partisan whore is just as stupid and lazy as Obama. Keep in mind that Murray was lauding the Taliban even as smoke was still rising from the smoldering ruins of the WTC.

Hobby Lobby objected to four of twenty forms of contraception. And this stupid whore equates that with denying access. Good job Washington State- you keep sending this creature back to DC. And that was before you legalized pot!

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 6:38 PM

F$&@# Harry Reid it’s the Supreme Court you Marxist dems…

sorrowen on July 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Doesn’t this whole argument contradict their whole “freeing you from Job lock” spiel?

Your boss owes you a paycheck for work performed as requested at a rate you agreed to when you took the job.

They don’t owe you “a living wage”, a retirement pension, health insurance or any other crap.

After that, buy whatever the heck you want with the money you earn.

Why does Obama want to insert a business between the doctor and patient??

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Whatever happened to “settled law”? I thought that’s what the left was screeching about when the right complained over the Roberts Obamacare ruling….

bimmcorp on July 8, 2014 at 6:37 PM

We all know that unless and until the Left gets its way, nothing is ever settled. And even then. Leftists are chronically unsettled.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Yeah, how come they didn’t amend the administration’s phony “costless” accommodation for religious nonprofits to include closely held corporations too? That would have left RFRA alone while making sure that Hobby Lobby employees could still get their abortifacient birth control “free” without the company being forced to pay for it.

They’re not interested in solving the so-called problem. They only want an “issue” they can beat Republicans over the head with.

TarheelBen on July 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM

/Obliterate the Dem’s horrid and misleading mantra and do it quickly before it resonates with stupid women.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Unfortunately, when one’s head is as hollow as that of your typical democrat voting vag1na, getting things to resonate is easy.

CurtZHP on July 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Retweeted by Noah Rothman
The Hill ‏@thehill 18m

BREAKING: Dems vow to quickly approve Obama’s $3.7B border package http://j.mp/1n5dQc4

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Way too early to get out the base in November. This will all blow over in the late summer and wont have any bearing on the Mid term election unless the Republicans let it.

Johnnyreb on July 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

The Dimocrats are positioning themselves for the mid-term elections…

Khun Joe on July 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

If the goal of the Dems is to persuade these businesses that it isn’t worth their time to carry employee health insurance….this will go a long way towards achieving that goal.

Stupid Dems! It’s not like employers aren’t looking hard at dropping employee health insurance at it is.

More women will end up losing coverage and/or access because of this.

Thanks a lot, Vayjayjay Brigade/

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 30s

Brutal: Dem Rep. practically begs Obama to visit the border http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/08/dem-rep-deals-obama-brutal-blow-on-his-approach-to-border-crisis/

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

No better – the House should write and pass thousands of bills and just flood the Senate.

redguy on July 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Won’t work. The Senate Dems will gut a House bill, drop their legislation in, deem it passed by the House, pass it in the Senate and have Obama sign it into law.

They are running out of time. With Obama’s recent poll numbers in the toilet, they must push their America-destroying agenda as hard as they can before the midterms.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Noah told you it was coming

Noah says a lot of stuff. And, with all due respect, he’s out of his element here at HA. Not in a good way.

That being said, I work in DC in the public policy arena. Headlines of “Senate Dems introduce bill that would override Hobby Lobby ruling” no longer concern me.

1. Senate Dems would never get said bill through the GOP-controlled House. It isn’t even a given that they could get it out of committee and to a full vote of the Senate.

2. Even if, by some chance the bill that was introduced made it out of committee and up for a full vote of the Senate, Senators vulnerable in November are not going to vote in favor of a bill against religious freedom. You really think that Mary Landrieu is going to support a bill that attacks Christians when it isn’t even going to get out of the House?

In short, this is not a serious thread any more than those concerning impeachment of the rat-eared wonder. A method to build the traffic numbers at HA.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I am happy to see AP back poking us with sticks again. I’m hoping they paid his rate and told little pro choice/pro amnesty Noah to pack sand. Even started posting at Breitbart to get settled in over there is the rumors are true.

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Ooops, crap, I’m on the wrong thread! Ed!!!

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 6:44 PM

…laws…laws…laws!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

As long as they pay for the pain caused by the joint inflammation I get when I slaughter baby seals in the Arctic I am good with this.

Yeah, we are living in a theocracy. It’s just a pagan one that worships the earth mother so nobody will care until they come for you.

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Harry Reid thinks Clarence Thomas is white:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) vowed on Tuesday to take action this month to try to combat the recent “Hobby Lobby” ruling from the Supreme Court. In his remarks he referred to the decision and decried the “five white men” who rendered it.

HT: Washington Free Beacon

Wethal on July 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Your boss owes you a paycheck for work performed as requested at a rate you agreed to when you took the job.

They don’t owe you “a living wage”, a retirement pension, health insurance or any other crap.

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

i agree. not sure why businesses should be obligated to toss in all that extra stuff if they don’t want to. don’t like it? work for a different business or start your own.

Sachiko on July 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

So the liberal position is that every single drug must be covered by every single insurance plan? If they were to mandate this they would then stare at each other blankly and wonder why insurance rates have skyrocketed. They are so divorced from reality that they do not see how silly they look.

rmkdbq on July 8, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Does every Demo in the Senate (or formerly in the Senate) take a stupid pill each morning?

formwiz on July 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM

They left is basically an atheist party – they freaking booed God at their convention. They hate organized religion – except AGW because they’ve convinced themselves that it’s science. They also hate corporations and think you should lose your religious rights once you decide to start a business.

They believe that the so-called right to an abortion is as important as your right to breathe your next gulp of air. They believe that any person or thing that doesn’t facilitate that right is the same as criminalizion of that right. It is insanity, but that is their thought process. That’s why SCOTUS saying that religious (in the traditional, non-AGW sense) business owners don’t have to affirmatively sponsor their right has sent them into orbit.

crrr6 on July 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Patty Murray is truly one of the intellectual lights of the U.S. Senate. You can tell by the blank stare on her face.

Cicero43 on July 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Harry Reid thinks Clarence Thomas is white:

Harry Reid is a vulnerable adult with early stage dementia, and his friends would take care of him if they were truly Christians but they are democrats so sadly they need him as a tool.

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

C’mon, I count about 53 pens and phones!!

Axeman on July 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Shelve in the HOR just like Reid does in the senate.

jukin3 on July 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

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obladioblada on July 8, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM
Thanks for posting that, this is really scary. When will people in this country wake up? Are we going to allow this rogue administration tell us we have to feed and house illegals at gun point? It is way past time to push back.
This is tantamount to armies taking over citizens homes and larders.
Every day we hear more and more shit being thrown against the wall to see what will stick.
Wow,just wow!

Bakokitty on July 8, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Why do Democrats hate Christians and most people of faith?

Rovin on July 8, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Doesn’t this whole argument contradict their whole “freeing you from Job lock” spiel?

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

When a Dem cites a principle it means just what they choose it to mean — neither more nor less.

Axeman on July 8, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Playing in Traffic Is Not Safe Politics
Are Democrats beginning to rationalize that losing the Senate majority wouldn’t be as bad as some fear?


Rationalization

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 7:03 PM

This is all about government control of businesses, not contraception for women.

albill on July 8, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Shelve in the HOR just like Reid does in the senate.

jukin3 on July 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

And then we get a round of Republicans as obstacles–to Women’s rights.

This is to fire up their base for November, and perhaps get the Repubs to crumple under pressure.

I’m still astounded that early in Reid’s career, they tried to sell him to the middle as a “religious conservative” just on the Democrat side.

Axeman on July 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

The Hobby Lobby decision had nothing to do with contraception. Hobby Lobby already provides its employees with 16 difference types of contraceptives. What Hobby Lobby objected to was providing abortifacients.Every time a Democrat says that Hobby Lobby was against contraceptives, they are lying.

allouchsit on July 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Every time I think the Dems can’t sink any lower they they push the yoke hard forward and press the Aaooooogah button. “Dive, dive!”

Chowderhead123 on July 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Ms. Murray’s bill criticizes the Supreme Court’s majority opinion and repudiates it by declaring that “employers may not discriminate against their female employees” in coverage of preventive health services.

Only a whorehound from hell would equate pregnancy and life as a form of disease that needs to be prevented.

somewhatconcerned on July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I think she’s the one that was given an award for being the most stupid person in this Congress.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

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