Limbaugh: Hobby Lobby Ruling ‘Defended Liberty’

Aaron Bandler Contributor
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Rush Limbaugh kicked off his radio show Monday praising the Supreme Court’s ruling that “closely-held corporations” like Hobby Lobby didn’t have to abide by Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

“Narrow though it may be, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 majority decision, defended liberty, ” Limbaugh said. “Birth control remains widely available. It is still dirt cheap no matter where you want to go get it.”

The conservative radio host noted that this is the first time a Supreme Court decision has validated religious freedom for corporations.

“The fact that that was up for grabs is an indication of where we are nationwide,” Limbaugh said. “We have a political party today conducting an all-out assault on the Constitution.”

Appellate lawyer Mark Arnold, according to Limbaugh, wrote at the PowerLine blog that the ruling was meaningless because the insurance company would have to pay for contraception and that would be reflected in Hobby Lobby’s premium.

While acknowledging that Arnold might be right, Limbaugh noted that it did not override the decision’s defense of the First Amendment.

“The First Amendment is not a casual plaything for cavalier statists,” Limbaugh said.