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Supreme Court Hears the Hobby Lobby Healthcare Case Today

Supreme Court Hears the Hobby Lobby Healthcare Case Today

Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in a case that could have a significant impact on elements of President Obama’s healthcare reform law. The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain, who are Christians, have said that it is a violation of their religious values to pay for healthcare plans that would provide employees with certain methods of birth control—like the morning after pill—as required under the Affordable Care Act. Though the legislation contains a sort of exemption for non-profits regarding birth control, it does not apply to businesses. Hobby Lobby President Mart Green told NPR, “It’s our rights that are being infringed upon to require us to do something against our conscience.” A lawyer representing the federal government is arguing that “the 13,000 employees of the Hobby Lobby corporate enterprise aren’t and should not be expected to share the religious beliefs of the Greens” …

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