Midstate company part of ACA case before Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 24, 2014 12:27 PM
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(Washington) -- The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over the Affordable Care Act.  

This time, it's a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice. 

Two years ago, the entire law survived the justices' review by a single vote. 

Now the court is hearing arguments tomorrow in a religion-based challenge from family-owned companies that object to covering certain contraceptives in their health plans as part of the law's preventive care requirement. One of the companies challenging the law is Conestoga Wood Specialties, based in East Earl Township, Lancaster County.

Health plans must offer a range of services at no charge beyond employees' insurance premiums. That includes all forms of birth control for women that have been approved by federal regulators.  

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  • Larry img 2014-03-24 13:37

    This is a frivolous lawsuite.

    Conestoga wood has the choice to not offer health care coverage to its employees if it does not agree with women's health care coverage. they may instead pay the reasonable fee.

    Conestoga Wood is not a person that prays or is part of a religious organization. It is a corporation. If a corporation, owners or shareholders are allowed to dictate religion to its employees, the employees freedom of religion would be impinged upon, or their would be discrimination in hiring that would not be based on ability. Corporation are suppose to be separate entities from the shareholders based on rights and obligations.

    Being that the corporation is providing for ones sustenance, does the corporation have the right to tell employees how to spend and manage their money, or what religion they practice?

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