Supreme Court To Hear 4th Challenge to ObamaCare

This one is brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2015 2:32 PM CST
Supreme Court To Hear 4th Challenge to ObamaCare
Members of the Little Sisters of the Poor attend a hearing in their challenge against the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate. The Supreme Court announced it would hear the case Friday.    (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

For the fourth time in five years, ObamaCare is going before the Supreme Court, Politico reports. This time, seven religious charities, hospitals, and colleges—including Little Sisters of the Poor and Notre Dame—are challenging the contraception mandate, which they claim violates their religious beliefs, according to the Hill. Hobby Lobby won a similar challenge against the Affordable Care Act in the case of closely held for-profit businesses just last year. This most-recent challenge will deal with objections of religiously affiliated nonprofits to providing birth control to employees. After a series of appeals court rulings on the issue, even the Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to hear it, USA Today reports.

Following the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Obama administration made changes to the Affordable Care Act to appease religious nonprofits, the Hill reports. Such groups would be able to submit their religious objections to contraception to their insurance provider, who would then pay for birth control directly. But even that was too much for the seven nonprofits involved in the challenge, according to USA Today. The Little Sisters of the Poor claims even filling out a form "would make them morally complicit in a grave sin." According to a recent study, more than 99% of sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 44 have used birth control. (More ObamaCare stories.)

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