Domino’s Founder Vs. Obamacare

Courtesy of the good folks at CNN, we see the new year of work starting off with more healthcare-reform news after Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan’s recent win in federal court:

The billionaire founder of Domino’s Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services.

Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights.

Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had “shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion.”

“The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest,” said Zatkoff, a 1986 Reagan appointee. “Therefore, the court finds that plaintiffs have established at least some likelihood of succeeding on the merits” of their claim.

Monaghan filed the emergency petition this month, on behalf of himself and Domino’s Farms Corp., a Michigan property management firm he operates, not directly related to the pizza-chain empire. Monaghan sold his majority interest in the pizza company in 1998.

While the outcome of the case has yet to be fully resolved, the story should serve as a cautionary note for HR leaders that the business of healthcare reform is only getting started as we move toward full implementation next year.

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