House Speaker John Boehner highlighted the Hobby Lobby decision Monday as another defeat for the Obama administration’s pattern of overreach.
“Today’s decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines in pursuit of its big-government objectives,” Boehner said following the 5-4 Supreme Court decision.
“The mandate overturned today would have required for-profit companies to choose between violating their constitutionally protected faith or paying crippling fines, which would have forced them to lay off employees or close their doors,” he added.
The House Speaker further pointed to the decision as another indication that Obamacare is an “unworkable mess” and “a drag on our economy.”
“We must repeal it and enact better solutions that start with lowering Americans’ health care costs,” he added.
Meanwhile House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter to slam the decision.
“SCOTUS took an outrageous step against women’s rights, setting a dangerous precedent that permits corporations to choose which laws to obey,” Pelosi wrote.
Boehner has said he is planning a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its executive actions.