In her column "Hobby Lobby misconceptions," Anne Michaud refers to the Affordable Care Act's "contraceptive mandate" [Opinion, July 17].
My question is simple: What contraception mandate in the ACA? There is no such requirement in the authorizing statute. The contraception "mandate" is contained in the enabling regulations drafted by the bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You know, the same marvels of efficiency who gave us healthcare.gov!
The contraceptive mandate was never even discussed, let alone debated or approved by Congress. This is not to say that it is not a good thing, or does not merit discussion, just that no such discussion occurred. And now we have a Supreme Court precedent over a topic that was never introduced in Congress! Where is the outrage?
In summary, we have a bogus decision over a bogus policy that is not even in a bogus law. Business as usual, eh?
Bob Abernethy, Santa Monica, California