By Dave Andrusko
Here is the first of what may be many ripple effects from the Supreme Court’s decision last week to hear two lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate which compels employers to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures to which they have moral or religious objections.
“Randy Reed Automotive v. Sebelius” is a lawsuit brought by a Missouri family-run business against the mandate which are regulations adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services under a provision of ObamaCare, formally known as the “Affordable Care Act.”
Today a federal district court ruled that in light of the High Court’s decision to hear “Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores” and “Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v. Sebelius”–which “implicate the same issues”–all proceedings in “Randy Reed Automotive v. Sebelius” are stayed until 30 days after the Supreme Court issues its ruling in the two cases.
“The government has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt. “Today’s order means that this family will be free from that type of coercion while higher courts are considering the administration’s mandate. If the government can force family business owners and job creators like this one to act contrary to their deepest convictions under the threat of fining them out of business, it is a danger to everybody.”
Oral arguments in the two cases are expected to be held in March with a ruling possible by the Supreme Court in late June.