[Ed. – That sure looks awful darn particular. Note also that, since the Hobby Lobby ruling (which applied specifically to abortifacients, rather than contraceptives, but for which the principle in law is the same), other companies have started getting waivers based on the Hobby Lobby ruling. But the Little Sisters are still under the gun. This is clearly about the Obama administration wanting to place the state’s prerogatives above religious liberty.]
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 other religious groups to stop the Obama administration from forcing them to comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control, drugs that may cause abortions and sterilization. Without relief, the Little Sisters would face millions of dollars in IRS fines.
While arguing publicly that religious groups should be forced to comply with the HHS Mandate, the Obama administration quietly exempted several major companies from those same rules. Lawyers for the religious groups used this point to argue against the federal government’s overarching mandate on Wednesday.
The Catholic News Agency reports more about the situation:
Meanwhile, some other health plans have been “grandfathered” in and are not subject to the mandate. These include plans offered by ExxonMobil, Chevron, Visa Inc. and PepsiCo.
Furthermore, the U.S. Military includes a family insurance plan that does not offer the mandated services.