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Supreme Court Says Companies Exempt from ACA's Contraception Coverage Requirement — Physician’s First Watch

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July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Says Companies Exempt from ACA's Contraception Coverage Requirement

By the Editors

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

In a five-to-four vote, the Supreme Court ruled that for-profit corporations are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's requirement to pay for contraceptive coverage for employees, thus extending the exemption already afforded to not-for-profit and religious employers.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court ruled that the owners of three for-profit corporations sincerely believe "that life begins at conception and that it would violate their religion to facilitate access to contraceptive drugs or devices that operate after that point." The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, states that the ACA's mandate "substantially burdens" the exercise of religion.

Reader Comments (2)

kristina nadreau DVM Other, retired

I am appalled that empolyers are allowed to determine health care and medications based on their fantasies (which they name "religious freedom". contraception and all womens health issues are rightfully between the woman and her health care provider & not between the woman and her employer or insurance company. Slavery was abolished in the USA in 1865. I notice that Hobby Lobby has some religion that believes that "life begins at conception". I am unclear how contraception can be objected to, since contraception occurs prior to pregnancy. Forced pregnancy for sexually active fertile women is part of their religion? I am not addressing the absurdity that a corporation has a religion, which is in fact the province of individuals. I despair at the utter ignorance of the SCOUSA and the attornies for these "corporations", who are religious zealots seeking to enforce their minority beliefs on others, thus infringing on the rights of others to have different religious beliefs.

Eugene Burke MD Physician, Internal Medicine, Dept. of Corrections--Wisconsin

The decision applies to corporations whose ownership is limited to a narrow group--ie, individuals who profess a religious conviction about when life begins and about the humanity of the pre-born.
To suggest that the ruling applies to other corporations is false and to suggest that an employee of Hobby Lobby is denied health care is pure nonsense.

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