Obamacare's Contraceptive Mandate Blocked

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Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Part of President Barack Obama’s health-care law is on hold in a Colorado case until at least tomorrow, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers contentions from religious groups that say they don’t want to facilitate coverage for contraception. Phil Mattingly reports on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)

At about 9:30 p.m. on december 31, so you said mayor -- justice sonia sotomayor, an obama appointee, put a styay on the provision that religious affiliated groups would have to provide birth control.

You are exempt from that mandate.

For-profit companies are not.

The problem sotomayor is trying to address, there are affiliated groups that are not officially run by religious groups.

They had asked to be removed from the mandate and not have to pay a penalty because they don't feel like they have to provide birth control.

The administration has fought this.

Sotomayor weighing in.

The administration has until tomorrow morning to justify this.

This is the latest issue.

The insurance industry is crucial to this law.

What is your read on the relationship between that industry and the white house?

Is really interesting.

They need each other so desperately for this law to work.

They have always been working to work together.

The obama administration, especially with the rough rollout, has asked the industry to make changes ad hoc to make sure individuals are not negatively affected.

A pushback by the insurance industry, we saw alabama blue cross blue shield including line items in their bill that talk about taxes and fees required by the affordable care act.

Not totally sure if this is an intentional slight.

You have never seen light items -- you have never seen line items talking about how one bill will affect rates.

Maybe some passive aggressiveness.

These two entities cannot make this work without one another.

There you go.

Forced cooperation.

Thank you very much mattingly

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