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Supreme Court to Weigh Obamacare ‘Contraception Mandate’
Posted at 9:50 a.m. on March 24
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments related to the government’s right under the Affordable Care Act to mandate that private businesses provide contraception coverage for their employees.
Adam Liptak: “That issue is momentous enough. But it only begins to touch on the potential consequences of the court’s ruling in the case, notably for laws barring discrimination against gay men and lesbians.”
“The court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case could also affect other kinds of laws … [A] broad decision striking down the contraception provision could imperil minimum wage and overtime laws, Social Security taxes and vaccination requirements, all of which have been subject to religious challenges in earlier cases.”
Robert Barnes: “There’s something that makes the current Supreme Court different from some of its recent predecessors. The justices got religion.”
“As the court this week weighs religious conviction vs. legal obligation in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, those who study the court say the change is hard to quantify but easy to notice.”
“But in what is likely to be the signature case of the term, the issue is not affiliation but devotion.”
Janet Adamy: “Some lawyers following the case believe the ruling will likely be narrowly tailored. But a more sweeping judgment in Hobby Lobby’s favor could open the door for others to seek exemptions from certain federal laws based on their owners’ religious beliefs.”