New Objection To Obamacare Contraception Coverage A Modification, Not A Repeal

Yahoo News writes that on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeals case brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

It is not immediately clear why they would do this.  Perhaps they don’t want to provide their workers with health insurance?

The nine Supreme Court justices will hear several related cases on whether nonprofit groups that oppose the contraception requirement on religious grounds can object to a compromise measure by the Obama administration under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The justices will again wade into the controversial subject of how to deal with religious objections to the contraceptive requirement.

In 2014, the court ruled 5-4 that family-owned companies run on religious principles, including craft retailer Hobby Lobby Stores Inc, could object to the provision on religious grounds.

A compromise on the topic of contraception was offered by the federal government in 2013. That compromise allows groups which oppose the requirement (for religious reasons) to comply without actually paying for the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Groups can opt out, which then forces insurers to pay for it, writes Yahoo News.

If a group refuses to comply with that law, they can face financial penalties, including a $100 charge per day for every affected employee who is refused contraception coverage.

The groups that sued have argued that the process of getting certified for an exemption infringes on their religious rights because it essentially forces them to authorize coverage for their employees, even if they are not paying for it.

(Updated article)

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