Judges weigh whether businesses can be exempt from health care law's contraceptive mandate

  • Article by: FREDERIC J. FROMMER , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 24, 2013 - 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court is considering whether for-profit businesses can be exempted from a contraceptive mandate in the health care law because of the owners' religious views.

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exhuskerSep. 24, 13 5:00 PM

Would be interesting to know if this company's insurance plan covers meds such as Viagra. If so, is a male employee required to demonstrate that, if he wants to obtain an ED prescription, he has a valid marriage license and his wife is still capable of conceiving? If the wife is menopausal, would the ED prescription be covered?

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krazySep. 24, 13 5:28 PM

Would a business owner who is a Jehova Witness be allowed to tell his employees that they can't get a blood transfusion covered by insurance?

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allhailfsmSep. 24, 13 5:49 PM

Christian scientists not only believe that God will heal them, they also believe that showing a lack of faith in god's healing will actually MAKE them sick. I have a CS relative who cannot even admit to any illness in herself or anyone in her family. Her "Faith" goes so far that she does not believe in germs and does not wash her hands except to remove visible dirt. Can she and her fellow believers deny ALL health care to ALL employees? If she worked at a restaurant, she would have to wash her hands ( or at least be forced to lie about it). How did we get so far down the road of superstition?

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edinawaterSep. 24, 13 6:13 PM

If the Gilardis prevail it means any business would be above the law so long as the owners can claim a religious conflict. Some people think healing only comes from God. Are their religious rights hurt because they have to pay for works comp insurance? Some people think women should stay at home and raise the kids. Are their religious rights hurt when they have to hire women? Can a member of the "Christian Identity" fire a Jew because it violates his religion to employ a Jew?

The Gilardis are not running a church. They are running for-profit businesses. They need to play by the same rules as their competitors.

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basia2186Sep. 24, 13 6:58 PM

Free birth control is not healthcare! This was more pandering to the progressives who think everything should be free and money grows on trees. Birth control is an entertainment expense.

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