Hobby Lobby Case
Mon June 30, 2014
Ohio AG pleased with Hobby Lobby decision
The US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case was a win for those who objected to the federal health care law’s requirement that the company offer insurance that covers contraceptives for women – and that includes Ohio’s Attorney General.
Mike DeWine is an avowed opponent of the Affordable Care Act and wrote a brief that was signed by Republican Attorneys General from 19 other states. DeWine said though it was a narrow decision, it was a significant one:
“Attorney Generals all over the country and throughout recent history in Ohio have joined cases where they thought there was substantial interest at stake, and this certainly was one.”
But DeWine’s Democratic opponent this fall, David Pepper, said this case wasn’t one that the AG, paid by the taxpayers of Ohio, should have weighed in on:
“It’s just, to me – this job is not supposed to be all about politics and ideology, but that’s what Mike DeWine has turned it into.”
There are 30 Hobby Lobby stores in Ohio, but DeWine said he’s uncertain how many other businesses might be affected by this ruling.