The Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, and thereby held that some businesses may claim religious exemption and not follow Obamacare's contraception-coverage mandate.
In the run-up to a summer where midterm campaigning will begin in earnest, this may not be the worst thing for Democrats.
Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide contraception coverage to their employees, free of charge, as a preventive health service. Two businesses — Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties — claimed the mandate violated their First Amendment right to practice religion, and successfully took their case to the Supreme Court.
As Sam Baker wrote last week, this ruling may have little effect for many employers — particularly large companies — because contraceptive coverage is popular and cheap in comparison to an employee getting pregnant. By encouraging companies to offer health benefits like free contraceptive coverage, the free market can work to job seekers' advantage.
Still, Democrats and others who support the mandate are already fuming at the decision. "This decision takes money out of the pockets of women and their families and allows for-profit employers to deny access to certain health care benefits based on their personal beliefs," said Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a statement after the decision.