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Supreme Court Rules Employers With Religious Objections Don’t Have To Cover Contraception

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The Supreme Court ruled today [PDF] that employers with religious objections to birth control are not required to cover contraception in health insurance plans for women under the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians who oppose birth control. The Obama administration had made a variety of concessions for religious employers like churches and religious non-profits, but this ruling affects for-profit businesses. (According to Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog, this ruling will not apply to publicly held corporations, just family-owned businesses when the owners in question are clearly religious.)

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage

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Today the Supreme Court heard challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to cover preventative care, which was filed by Christian owners of secular businesses who object to covering certain forms of birth control for their employees. Hobby Lobby claims their religious freedom is being violated and they should be exempt, like explicitly religious employers. There’s a whole lot to read about the subject and I’d like to thank commenter LR52185 for pointing us to a few of them:

Supreme Court To Take Up Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case

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  • The case filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by Christians who don’t believe in birth control and refuses to cover it under the Affordable Care Act, is headed to the Supreme Court. In March 2014, the highest court in the land will take up the question of whether a company can refuse to cover contraception for its employees due to the religious objections of its owners. Presently, only churches and other religious non-profits can refuse to cover BC. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Got Insurance, Bro?

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Whooooa: 47 million non-elderly adults in America are uninsured and a good many of those young adults are bros. But don’t worry, bros! You need not dip into the beer fund to pay for that broken nose. It was so crazy the way you rode your ATV into a tree, bro! Obamacare can help you with insurance — or, you know, brosurance. (This ad is by Got Insurance Colorado to advertise its new Connect For Health Colorado insurance marketplace. Cool story, bro!) [Got Insurance Colorado]

Finally: Senate Deal Announced

Finally: Senate Deal Announced

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling, they announced in Senate floor speeches today. “This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly,” McConnell said. “But it’s far better than what some had sought.” The deal does not include any major tweaks to the Affordable Care Act, but it does require people getting subsidies under the program to verify their income. It also calls for a conference committee to settle bigger budget issues like the sequester cuts, the Washington Post reports. Read more on Newser…

Congressional Republicans Willing To Let Government Shutdown Over Birth Control In Obamacare

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  • What’s more important: letting your boss refuse to cover your birth control pills in your health care plan or the jobs of 800,000 federal workers? You guessed right — it’s your boss’s input on your family planning decisions! Oh, Lord, I just can’t anymore with Republicans. [CNN, Washington Post]
  • India is looking to more closely regulate its surrogacy industry, in which low-income women are hired to carry a pregnancy to term for couples in wealthier parts of the world. [New York Daily News]
  • Arizona has asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that the AZ ban on abortion after 20 weeks in unconstitutional. [RH Reality Check]
  • Six teenagers in Stockholm, Sweden have been cleared in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. [The Local] Keep reading »
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