Obama’s word not law

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Justice Sonia Sotomayor took an unusual step on New Year’s Eve, putting a hold on a portion of Obamacare that would require religious-based organizations to pay for coverage for contraceptives, which runs against their beliefs.

Unlike the fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants, ever-shifting deadlines and regulations set forth by the president and the administration, the temporary injunction comes from a Supreme Court justice, underscored by the fact that she was a choice of the Obama administration and widely considered to be very liberal.

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Her move was joined by the influential federal appellate court for the District of Columbia, which issued an emergency stay for Catholic-affiliated groups. Sotomayor’s ruling came in the case of an order of nuns in Denver. The provision of Obamacare that runs against the religious beliefs of Catholics and others was to take effect Wednesday….

The administration hasn’t caught on yet that the president’s word, valid or otherwise, is not the same as the force of law, and Obamacare dives deeper and deeper into dark Constitutional waters with every adjustment made by presidential fiat to appease wary Americans.

Far worse, the administration doesn’t seem to grasp belief and the freedom to hold belief in the United States.

The law is the law, and it is not up to the word of the administration to make adjustments.

Even its own appointee to the Supreme Court seems to see that.


Steubenville Herald-Star