WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court in the United States says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
The justices’ 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union’s costs of collective bargaining.
In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take.
The Supreme Court sounded "ready" to throw out the part of the Affordable Care Act that requires certain religious corporations to offer employees contraceptive coverage, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.
By John R. Conway:On May 7, 2012, CNBC published a brief article, "US Supreme Court Ruling Key to Cigna Trade". In June, the Supreme Court will make a ruling on the constitutionally of the Affordable Health Care Act. The Supreme Court is divided 5-4, with five of the justices appointed by Republicans, and four appointed by the Democrats.