The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.I think this verdict really has nothing to do with health care or religion or abortion. Instead, it is an affirmation of the right of capitalists to run their companies however they see fit, their workers' rights be damned. It holds the religious preferences of owners above the needs of workers. And note that these owners are not really "paying" for coverage of birth control, since health insurers are happy to provide that coverage for free as part of comprehensive plans. (Birth control costs less than babies.)
The decision, which applied to two companies owned by Christian families, opened the door to challenges from other corporations to many laws that may be said to violate their religious liberty. . . .
The health care law and related regulations require many employers to provide female workers with comprehensive insurance coverage for a variety of methods of contraception. The companies objected to some of the methods, saying they are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent embryos from implanting in the womb. Providing insurance coverage for those forms of contraception would, the companies said, make them complicit in the practice.
Meanwhile, this is another great reason to forget about employer-provided coverage altogether and move to a single-payer system.