Politico: The Hobby Lobby Decision
Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, the Supreme Court will issue its much-anticipated decision on the religious freedom challenge businesses have brought against the Obamacare contraception mandate.
Hobby Lobby, along with Conestoga Wood Specialties, are closely-held companies whose owners claim their religious rights would be infringed if the firms have to comply with parts of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, they complain about covering certain forms of birth control for employees and their families.
A win for Hobby Lobby would mean other businesses with a small number of owners could opt out of aspects of Obamacare coverage, possibly leaving employees on their own to pay for particular drugs or procedures.
The justices could also endorse Hobby Lobby's claim to religious freedom rights, but leave it to lower court to sort out whether individual forms of birth control and other drugs or treatments are so essential to the operation of the health reform law that they can be required despite an employer's religious objection.