White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the "constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office" disagreed with the Supreme Court's assessment of religious freedom Monday during his daily press briefing.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of the Christian-owned company Hobby Lobby, saying by a 5-4 vote that Obamacare's mandate that companies pay for insurance coverage for contraception violated its religious freedom.
"There are now a group of women of an indeterminate size who no longer have access to free contraceptive coverage simply because of some religious views that are held not by them, necessarily, but by their bosses," Earnest said. "We disagree and the constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office disagrees with that conclusion from the Supreme Court, primarily because he's concerned about the impact that it could have on the health of those women."
The constitutional lawyer has seen things differently than the judicial branch on several issues lately. For instance, Obama was rebuked last week when the Supreme Court struck down three of his recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as unconstitutional.