Amid the fight to defund Obamacare lies another element: the fight to take away the Health and Human Service's Department's ability to use Obamacare to tell religious business owners what "health care" services they must provide for their employees, regardless of their religious convictions.
The Hobby Lobby craft store chain is owned by the Greens, a Christian family who believes in protecting the right to life. They sued the Obama administration over the requirement to pay for abortion services. The case has wound its way through the courts, with each side refusing to give up. Today the Obama administration appealed a decision, which excepted Hobby Lobby from the requirement, to the United States Supreme Court.
If Hobby Lobby loses, the protection of the First Amendment will all but disappear. Christian business owners would no longer have the ability to use their conscience in business decisions and would instead be forced to comply with the whims of the government.
“The United States government is taking the remarkable position that private individuals lose their religious freedom when they make a living. We’re confident that the Supreme Court will reject the government’s extreme position and hold that religious liberty is for everyone—including people who run a business.” -Kyle Duncan, lead lawyer for Hobby Lobby