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Contraception coverage and the Affordable Care Act: the latest

Contraception coverage and the Affordable Care Act: the latest

Mark Silk is paying close attention to every twist and turn in the legal arguments surrounding contraception coverage and the Affordable Care Act so you don’t have to. In his latest dispatch he writes:

Last week the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals gave Hobby Lobby the go-ahead to challenge the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. In due course, the Supreme Court may well decide that the federal government cannot require for-profit companies to provide such coverage against their asserted religious principles. ….

The long and the short of it is that, in the relatively near future, Hobby Lobby and other such companies may be entitled to withhold contraception coverage under the ACA, but not be entitled to withhold it in states that require the coverage — currently 28 of them. Religious freedom would thus mean one thing federally and another thing in the states.

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Tom Sramek Jr

It will be interesting to see if corporations, as "people" can HAVE religious beliefs. How are those expressed? By Board resolution? Everyone worshipping at Board meetings? Gives a new definition to the term "corporate prayer"!

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tgflux

"Religious freedom would thus mean one thing federally and another thing in the states."

To go along w/ our patchwork craziness (currently) on marriage equality.

Why does Hobby Lobby get "religious freedom"---because "corporations are people, my friend"? Whereas ACTUAL people, their employees, will be denied their religious freedom. This is NUTS.

JC Fisher

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