WASHINGTON — The Obama administration set the stage Thursday for another Supreme Court showdown on the president’s health care law, this time to decide whether for-profit companies can be forced to provide full contraceptive coverage for their employees despite religious objections from their owners.
The administration’s lawyers asked the justices to take up the issue this fall to decide whether these corporations can claim a religious exemption to this part of the health care law. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. called the issue one of “exceptional importance” that needs to be resolved.
Dozens of employers across the country have sued to challenge the so-called “contraceptive mandate” in the new law. Large employers are required to provide health coverage, and the law says this insurance must pay for standard contraceptives, including the “morning after” pill.