‘Obamacare’ rule change not enough, Hobby Lobby attorney says

BY WAYNE GREENE World Senior Writer

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Tulsa’s Catholic hospitals had little response Friday to proposed federal rules that would loosen contraception insurance requirements for church-related nonprofit organizations, but an attorney for an Oklahoma City company challenging the mandate in court said the change would do nothing to protect the religious liberty of millions of Americans.

“We are extremely disappointed with today’s announcement,” said Kyle Duncan, one of the attorneys representing Hobby Lobby in its federal court challenge of Affordable Care Act requirements. “We remain committed to protecting religious liberty until the administration recognizes the conscience rights of all Americans.”

The federal health law – “Obama- care” – requires inclusion of contraception with no co-pays or deductibles for women in all employer-provided health coverage.