WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the “Hobby Lobby” case, which challenged the contraceptive services insurance mandate in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act:
“I am pleased that this Supreme Court decision places some restraint on the reach of the federal government. I supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to ensure that core religious beliefs are not trampled by an activist government. This decision, I believe, strengthens the argument that Obamacare, which I opposed from the start, must be repealed and replaced with a law that does not infringe on individual and religious freedoms.”
Cochran was among 15 lawmakers who filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in January that argued Obamacare violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by restricting free exercise of religion by forcing companies, like Hobby Lobby, to offer contraception they believe is abortion-inducing as part of employee health insurance plans.
In that brief, Cochran, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and others argued that: “The government’s refusal to apply RFRA throughout the administrative process has resulted in a mandate that violates RFRA and turns the law of religious freedom upside down. RFRA places a heavy burden on the government and protects religion by default. But the [Health and Human Services] mandate places a heavy burden on religion and protects the government by default.”
Cochran also signed briefs regarding the Hobby Lobby Case with the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which ruled the Obamacare contraceptive mandate violated the company’s rights.