The implementation of Obamacare has hit its first roadblock. A Colorado judge has granted a preliminary injunction and noted that "Obamacare's preventive care coverage provides a 'substantial burden' on a Colorado company's free exercise of religion."
"This is the very first ruling on whether Obamacare can violate religious freedom and the judge said no," said Matt Bowman, a lawyer for legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund.
The Obamcare regulation was announced by President Barack Obama in February, and it established a process to review churches' religious practices.
Churches that meet federal tests would be exempt from the Obamacare-related mandate to provide insurance that offered free contraception and abortion-related drugs to their employees, according to Obama's regulation.
The report in The Daily Caller goes on to note that suit was filed "by Hercules Industries -- a private company that manufactures heating and air-conditioning products."
The Constitution and the law require the government to have a compelling reason for church-related regulation, and to use alternative means wherever possible, he said.
The Obamacare mandate, he added, "could easily be served by the government providing contraceptive themselves ... if there was the political will."