DC Circ. Says ACA Contraception Mandate Likely Too Broad

Law360, New York (November 1, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT) -- A divided D.C. Circuit on Friday backed a faith-based challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that large businesses cover birth control as part of employee health insurance plans, saying the requirement burdens the religious freedom of company owners without advancing a compelling government interest.

In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court rejected the Obama administration’s argument that Francis and Philip Gilardi, proprietors of two Ohio produce companies, would experience a minuscule impact on their Catholic beliefs by offering benefits that can help workers access contraception....
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