via The Daily Signal:
Obama Administration Doubles Down on Forcing Religious Groups to Accept Abortion Drug ‘Accommodation’
by Elizabeth Slattery | April 14, 2016
Two weeks ago the Supreme Court asked both sides in the Little Sisters’ case to file supplemental briefs. The Little Sisters’ case challenged Obamacare’s requirement that nonprofit employers must provide employee health insurance coverage that includes potentially life-ending drugs and devices.
Now the briefs are in—and while the Little Sisters of the Poor and other challengers provided suggestions for other ways the government could advance its interest in making sure women receive contraceptive coverage—the government doubled-down and argued that its existing “accommodation” already fits the bill.
The Little Sisters of the Poor and other challengers suggest that the government could require insurance providers to make separate contraceptive plans available to employees whose employer plans do not include such coverage. This would require a separate enrollment process along the lines of how some employers have separate dental, vision, or prescription plans, as well as separate “insurance cards, payment sources, and communication streams.”
They maintain that such “truly independent efforts to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees” would allay their religious objections because they would be removed from the process entirely.
In its supplemental brief, the government insists that, aside from the “minimally intrusive” self-certification process, the existing “accommodation” meets the criteria the Supreme Court asked both sides to address.
The government implores the justices not to require changes to the self-certification aspect of the “accommodation.”
The brief closes with an interesting plea to “definitely resolve” the challenge to the “accommodation” because it “affects the legal rights of …. tens of thousands of women who presently are not receiving the health coverage to which they are entitled by law.”
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