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Wonderland Burlesque’s Turdscooters of the Week: SCOTUS Conservative Five: Justices Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Kennedy

Wonderland Burlesque’s Turdscooters of the Week - SCOTUS Conservative Five:
Justices Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Kennedy

Oh, boy.  The halls of The Supreme Court Building must be slick with skid marks today. The good old boys club of the Supreme Court took a swipe at both reproductive rights and Obamacare today.  

And I have to say… I am surprised, although, perhaps I shouldn’t be.

From the Huffington Post:  “In an opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell that the Obama administration has failed to show that the contraception mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act is the "least restrictive means of advancing its interest" in providing birth control at no cost to women.”

Now, one would have thought that the Justices would have been looking down the road to the future and keeping the big picture in mind, but no.

For, despite the fact that the decision was written narrowly so that it only applies to contraception, it will still open the floodgates to a tsunami of lawsuits.  Yes, most of of those lawsuits will be dismissed in lower courts, but I guarantee you that inevitability will not deter the stupidity from occurring, tying up our courts for a full decade.  

Basically, if you feel something in Obamacare infringes upon your religious rights, as an employer, you do not have to provide it – and that’s the gist most looking for an out will take away from today’s ruling.  And I'm not alone in thinking that way.

"The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield..." - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissenting in Hobby Lobby

Oh, and here's a bit of logic that flies in the face of reality:

More from Huffington Post: “Some of the court's conservative-leaning justices asked why the Obama administration had granted religious accommodations to any organizations if the contraception mandate was so critical to public health. “It must have been because the health care coverage was not that important," said Justice Anthony Kennedy…

Apparently contraception is not considered a necessary part of a woman’s healthcare plan – but then five very out of touch old men (with dirty butts) made this decision, so I should not have expected any other outcome.

Let’s all offer our well-deserved congratulations to Wonderland Burlesque’s Turdscooters of the Week: SCOTUS Conservative Five: Justices Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Kennedy 


designing wally said...

Steaming piles of crap masquerading as men...

anne marie in philly said...

notice it's the MEN voting against WOMEN?

you can bet yer sweet ass if this was about viagra, they would be all up in that. but nooooooooooooo, women have no say in getting birth control. it's always been like this, even when I was taking the pill back in the 70s (I had to pay for them myself).

and fuck the 'religious exemption' bastards.

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

I don't see this one standing for very long. I'm no lawyer but I have been an employer and employee and I know that an employer is not supposed to have access to an employee's medical claims so I think it could be over turned on privacy issues. Also, by not providing complete coverage or coverage with religious limitations then the employer is violating religious privacy in hiring and creating a discrimination in hiring situation.

whkattk said...

I agree it is a VERY poor decision. Then again, the right wing of the SCOTUS has handed down MANY poor decisions since Obama became POTUS.

But, this really shouldn't have surprised anyone at all. They're siding with the religious right - a growing and ever more powerful arm of the US political system.