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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 26 2014, @10:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the companies==people-er-does-not-compute dept.

gishzida writes:

"According to a Reuters report Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims, "The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. From the article:

During a 90-minute oral argument, 30 minutes more than usual, a majority of the nine justices appeared ready to rule that certain for-profit entities have the same religious rights to object as individuals do. A ruling along those lines would likely only apply to closely held companies. As in most close cases of late, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely be the deciding vote. Based on his questions, it was unclear whether the court would ultimately rule that the companies had a right to an exemption from the contraception provision of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The dozens of companies involved in the litigation do not all oppose every type of birth control. Some object only to emergency contraceptive methods, such as the so-called morning-after pill, which they view as akin to abortion.

The case marks the second time Obamacare has featured prominently before the Supreme Court. In 2012, the court upheld by a 5-4 vote the constitutionality of the act's core feature requiring people to get health insurance. Although the case has no bearing on the overall healthcare law, it features its own volatile mix of religious rights and reproductive rights. A capacity crowd filled the marble courtroom, while outside hundreds of demonstrators, most of them women, protested loudly in an early spring snowstorm.

We already know that the SCOTUS thinks corporations are citizens, do you think the SCOTUS should allow corporations to have religious beliefs too?"

 
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  • (Score: 1) by fliptop on Thursday March 27 2014, @02:57AM

    by fliptop (1666) on Thursday March 27 2014, @02:57AM (#21887) Journal

    they do not have the right to interfere in their employees health care

    How is not paying for something interfering? Are the employees being stopped somehow from buying their own contraception? Or pay for their own procedures?

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  • (Score: 1) by Immerman on Thursday March 27 2014, @08:18PM

    by Immerman (3985) on Thursday March 27 2014, @08:18PM (#22215)

    Yes, yes they are. They're being stopped my a medical system that has devolved into a sort of mutual parasitism with the medical insurance industry, inflating prices far beyond what they are in most other developed nations - making non-critical medical care essentially unattainable for most people without insurance.

    Couple that with the fact that insurance costs have spiraled out of control so that most citizens are financially prohibited from purchasing more than catastrophic insurance without employer assistance and you have a situation where, if this becomes precedent, employers are in a position to arbitrarily deny *any* non-critical medical procedure to their employees. After all we have laws against religious discrimination - if Catholics can get away with it, so can corporate-engineered "religions" with "beliefs" fine-tuned to improve profitability.