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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Barack Obama has been getting lots of bad news lately, and he’s currently bracing himself for more as the Supreme Court is preparing to possibly cripple Obamacare with their next ruling.

This week, however, Obama has gotten some bad news from a federal appeals court that just gave Obamacare a major setback. On Wednesday, the group Priests for Life secured an injunction from facing federal penalties for not abiding by the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that employers provide health insurance that covers contraceptive costs.

The U.S. Court of Appeals from Washington, D.C. had previously ruled against the non-profit, but they changed their minds and granted the injunction until the Supreme Court makes their ruling on this matter.

Anti-abortion demonstrators hold signs during a Priests for Life protest outside the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Court as the Court hears the oral arguments in the "Priests for Life v. US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)" case in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2014. The case centers around the HHS mandate in the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, that religious organizations must cover contraceptions and abortion as part of their health insurance benefits, even if that goes against the organization's religious beliefs. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Anti-abortion demonstrators hold signs during a Priests for Life protest outside the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Court as the Court hears the oral arguments in the “Priests for Life v. US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)” case in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2014. The case centers around the HHS mandate in the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, that religious organizations must cover contraceptions and abortion as part of their health insurance benefits, even if that goes against the organization’s religious beliefs. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted our motion to stay the mandate, meaning that the injunction protecting us from the mandate will remain in place while the Supreme Court considers our case,” Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said in a statement.

“Without the stay granted today, we would have been in the position of being fined for failing to comply with the mandate,” Pavone added. “But no matter what happens, we will not obey the mandate, nor will we pay fines to the government.”

This is yet another setback for Obamacare, and it comes as the Supreme Court is preparing to make their ruling on King vs. Burwell, a case which involves subsidies for people in the federal exchange. The court will decide how literally the words “established by the state” written into the Obamacare law should be interpreted.

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