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Health care law waiver could have big impact

Health care law waiver could have big impact

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The new health care law took full effect Wednesday, but not everyone will have to comply with portions of it.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ordered a temporary exemption for the Little Sisters of the Poor for the Aged, an order of nuns. They won't be required to provide or give access to birth control in employees' health insurance. The Denver-based order said they were grateful for the temporary waiver, but that they want to wait for a final decision before granting interviews.

Sotomayor's order was encouraging for Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan.

"They'll be able to carry on their ministry in accord with the teachings of the church," he said. "And they're very happy about that, and I am and I'm sure the archbishop of Denver is."

Bishop Sheridan said he hopes it sets the pace for future decisions regarding the health care law.

Colorado Springs lawyer Mike McDivitt, of McDivitt Law Firm said he can only speculate about what the supreme court justices will ultimately decide. But he said the injunction could have a wide impact.

"You're going to have a rush of people come in, different organizations saying, 'We too would like to have an exemption from the application of the Obamacare Act, because of this or because of that,'" he said. "And it's going to be difficult to have a statute that applies to everybody in the country if you start having exemptions come to play like that."

Justice Sotomayor asked for a response from the government by Friday. McDivitt said at the time she can either extend or revoke the waiver.

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