Katie Hoormann stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She waved the bat around and got set.
The young man who was the pitcher let an underhanded toss soar. Katie swung and made contact, driving in a run for the Little Sisters of the Poor residents' team. Applause erupted in the open-space auditorium.
"She's 96 years old," exclaimed a gentleman sitting in a chair, with his walker at his side.
Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases related to the Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that most employers provide coverage for contraceptives in employee health plans.
The arguments in Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties vs. Sebelius will be heard jointly beginning March 25. The cases focus on how the mandate applies to for-profit companies. It's a shift from previous debate about whether Church-affiliated institutions may be exempted.
After ruling in 2012 that certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act stand up to constitutional scrutiny, the Supreme Court's next dip into legal challenges to the law focuses on whether for-profit secular employers can claim religious rights protections from some provisions.
Arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking protection from a federal mandate that requires coverage of contraceptives in workers' health insurance plans.
The brief, filed Feb. 10, called the mandate "one of the most straightforward violations ... this court is likely to see" of a 1993 law preserving the free exercise of faith.
A U. S. senator and three House members from Missouri were among members of Congress who signed an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate forcing contraceptive coverage in health care policies under health care reform known as Obamacare.
The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty reported that additional briefs in support of Hobby Lobby were filed by other groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers' health insurance plans because this violates the employers' faith-based moral objections.
Both matters revolve around requirements in the Affordable Care Act that employer-provided health insurance include coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacients.