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Kansas law professor says Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about constitutionality

Source: 
HPPR
Author: 
Cindee Talley
Date: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cindee Talley wrote:

"Kansas was one of 18 states that sided with Hobby Lobby in the court battle over opting out of the inclusion of contraceptives in their insurance coverage.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby saying certain employers can opt out of including contraceptives in their insurance because of religious beliefs. 

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Richard Levy is a constitutional law expert at the University of Kansas.  He says the 5-4 ruling isn’t about constitutional principles.

'The court didn’t say that Hobby Lobby has a constitutional right in this regard, and it did not hold that provisions of the Affordable Care Act were unconstitutional,' says Levy.

Levy says the basis for the ruling is the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The decision pertains only to closely held companies—defined by the IRS as those that are more than 50 percent owned by five or fewer individuals.  Levy says the court’s ruling could give companies an incentive to either remain closely held, or buy out publicly-traded shares to become a closely held corporation."