The Supreme Court Washington Appeal Court Cases on Contraception Rule in the Affordable Health Care Act The Supreme Courtis currently hearing the cases on contraception that the Obama healthcare program requires employers to finance insurance cover for contraceptives. Two corporations who argued that their businesses are run on religious principles brought the case before the court (Liptak). Hobby Lobby, one of the challengers is a chain stores owned by a religious family. The other challenger is Conestoga Wood Specialties, a company that makes wooden cabinets and is owned by Mennonite family (Liptak).
The court case is represented by Paul D. Clement who argue the case on behalf of the companies and solicitor general, Verrrille Jr representing the government. The two lawyer had another had another case challenging the Affordable Care Act, but the rule ruled in favor of the Obama administration with a vote of 5 to 4 vote (Liptak). Clement argue that the Affordable Care Act requires a majority of employers to provide female employees with comprehensive cover for varieties of contraception methods available in the market. However, under the Affordable Health Act, small employers and religious employers are exempted from covering their employees on contraception (U.S Department of Health and Human Services). Moreover, religious affiliated organizations or group do not need provide their workers with contraceptive cover.
The plaintiff told the bench that including insurance coverage for contraceptives promotes equality in the health care provision and ensure that women has access to quality birth control methods. Moreover, offering comprehensive contraceptive insurance ensure that women would be able to prepare for their family until when they are ready to have children (Liptak).
Works Cited
Liptak, Adam. "Supre Court Hears Cases on Contraception Rule." 25 March 2014. The New York Times. 17 April 2014 .
U.S Department of Health and Human Services. 17 April 2014. 18 April 2014 .