Knoxville shoppers happy Hobby Lobby wins lawsuit v. Obamacare

Knoxville shoppers happy Hobby Lobby wins lawsuit v. Obamacare

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Monday's narrow ruling allows the Christian company Hobby Lobby, and others like it, to not pay for insurance plans that support four women's contraceptives. Monday's narrow ruling allows the Christian company Hobby Lobby, and others like it, to not pay for insurance plans that support four women's contraceptives.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that companies with religious objections cannot be forced to offer certain types of birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

This came after arts and crafts maker Hobby Lobby filed an appeal saying the mandate went against its Christian beliefs, and many shoppers in Knoxville say they can now breathe a sigh of relief. 

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"God honors those who honor him. I just feel blessed that the ruling came out the way it did," said shopper Barb Yoakum.

Monday's narrow ruling allows the Christian company, and others like it, to not pay for insurance plans that support four women's contraceptives.

"They believe that these particular contraceptive methods induce abortion, but it's notable the government doesn't believe that," said Lincoln Memorial University Assistant Law Professor, Matt Lyons.

The law required businesses cover a full range of 20 contraceptives at no cost to the employee. However, some religious companies said that would make them violate their faith, or pay fines to the government.

"I'm really excited that they won," said shopper Leah McConnell. "I think everyone has their religious beliefs. They feel deeply and strongly about their decisions about everything they make, especially being closed on Sundays, so I support that decision."

While many in Knoxville show their support following the ruling, opponents argue if a for-profit business doesn't have to provide certain contraceptives, it could lead to businesses objecting other issues down the road.

However, Lyons says that's not the case because of how specific this lawsuit is.

"Our decision shouldn't be construed as precedent to allow businesses to make those types of decisions," he said.

Obamacare already offers some organizations, like churches and non-profits, freedom from the law. Now, closely held companies, like Hobby Lobby, will be exempt, as well, as long as they fill out a form that certifies their religious beliefs.

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