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Obama administration: Birth-control mandate should not be blocked



Published: Fri, January 3, 2014 @ 11:10 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a Supreme Court justice should stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

The Justice Department today called on Justice Sonia Sotomayor to dissolve her stay on the contraceptive coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The government says religious nonprofit groups can certify that they don't want to provide contraceptive coverage. A group of Catholic nuns who run nursing homes sued, saying even signing that form violates their beliefs.

Government lawyers say the nuns' insurance is a "church plan" that is not required to provide contraception coverage and has decided not to, so they have no legal basis to complain.

It is not known when Justice Sotomayor will make a decision.


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1dontbeafool(786 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

They can sign a simple exemption form so not to provide birth control coverage, yet they won't. So they can get what they want by easily signing, but don't. So what are their real motives? They don't have a problem signing the tax exempt form, that is for sure.

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2eivo(1448 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

The Sisters of the Poor don't like it, the Catholic Bishops don't like it, 60% of the public doesn't like it, the Insurance companies don't like it -- too bad!!! The lying dictator will let nobody get in the way of providing freebies to every freeloader who puts his hand out.

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3dontbeafool(786 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't like the anti pot law either, but it is law, so I follow it. I can't just light up in front of the cop and say, "too bad, I don't like this law." These people are were using their religious beliefs to get out of the birth control coverage aspect of the ACA. They are granted their wish, given that all they have to do is sign a form exempting themselves from that part of the coverage. Sounds easy, but no, it isn't good enough. I would make them no longer tax exempt.

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4SheDevil(110 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Post # 2
99+% of the public don't like taxes either.

What should be done??

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5dontbeafool(786 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

and talk about frivilous law suits.... They are going to sue, even though they are permitted to opt out with a signature. I am sure that the law expenses will be paid with their tax free money though.

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