FILE - In this May 22, 2013, customers enter and exit a Hobby Lobby store in Denver. The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama�s health care law in a case that pits the religious rightsof employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice. Two years after the entire law survived the justices� review by a single vote, the court is hearing arguments on Tuesday in a religion-based challenge from family-owned compa
Hobby Lobby Goes to Supreme Court
Washington, DC (WBEN) The Supreme Court will hear Hobby Lobby's challenge to the Affordable Care Act, claiming a violation of free religious exercise.
At issue, is the requirement Hobby Lobby supply emergency contraception as part of its insurance coverage. Hobby Lobby's owners don't believe in contraception. "The case in front of the court is testing whether the first amendment right of religious exercise applies to corporations as well as individuals," says SUNY Buffalo State's Peter Yacobucci, who will be inside listening to the arguments.
How will the court rule? Yacobucci says there's no sure thing. "If you go by simply precedence, it would say the mandate is constitutional, there is no exemption for corporations, just individuals," notes Yacobucci. "However, the court has had a history of not always following precedence. Upholding the affordable care act as an extension of a tax is one example."
Yacobucci says if the court rules in favor of the government, the Affordable Care Act moves on as planned, but if Hobby Lobby wins, "You can imagine that would steamroll and many corporations could come up with exemptions not just for the Affordable Care Act but other government mandates."
The high court is expected to rule later this year.