Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is promising quick action to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision to allow private-sector companies to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. […]The "something" they can do is as of yet unclear. It could be amending the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law underpinning the court's decision, to clarify that those rights are intended just for actual, individual humans and not corporations. There are also potential actions to find a work around within Obamacare to cover those employees the court would leave out.
“We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday as he ticked off the Senate’s to-do list over the next several weeks.
Any of those actions won't solve the problem, at least in the short term, because Senate Republicans will probably block any legislation fixing this, and if they don't manage to stop it, the Republican House wouldn't take it up anyway. But action is necessary, and that action—and the inevitable Republican blocking of it—is something Democrats can point to between now and November's elections. Hobby Lobby could end up being the Republicans' worse nightmare since the surge in Obamacare enrollments.