Contrary to common impression, the ACA does NOT compel large employers (over 50 full-time) to offer health insurance. It taxes them about $2,000 per full time employee if they don't. But IF they do offer a health plan it must conform to ACA requirements. That includes offering coverage with no co-pay and no deductible for birth control and sterilization. A group of challengers allege that violates their conscientious objections to at least some forms of birth control, and leaves them with the choice: don't offer a health plan or violate their conscience. Is that a Hobson's choice that amounts to compulsion? Martin Lederman address the question of whether the law places a "substantial burden" on religious exercise. - GWC
Balkinization: <i>Hobby Lobby</i> Part III-A—Does federal law substantially pressure employers to offer health insurance coverage in violation of religious obligations, even though there is no “Employer Mandate”?:
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