Supreme Court grants temporary reprieve from contraceptive mandate

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The Obama administration cannot enforce the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirements against a Catholic nuns’ order for the time being, if the nuns tell the government they object to providing that coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon.

The Supreme Court’s action could defuse for the time being a showdown between religious employers and the federal government over the procedures for providing contraceptive coverage to employees of hospitals, nursing homes and other entities run by religious groups.

In a one-page order issued by the court without any noted dissent, the justices said that — at least for now — the Little Sisters of the Poor did not have to follow the procedure the Obama Administration established for religious groups to escape complying with ACA-related rules requiring that employer-provided coverage include contraceptives.

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3 Responses to Supreme Court grants temporary reprieve from contraceptive mandate

  1. tmedlin says:

    I guess we take whatever small victories we can get, these days.

    • David says:

      This is less a victory than a reprieve. However, we will know shortly whether the backend of Obamacare has been abandoned. If the insurance companies are not able to collect premiums for their policies, the legislation must be repealed or the government must bail them out.

  2. tmedlin says:

    we know there will be a bailout….

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