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KU Law Professor Says Hobby Lobby Impact Limited

Source: 
KMUW
Author: 
Bryan Thompson
Date: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

KMUW reported:

"The U.S. Supreme Court says certain employers can opt out of including contraceptives in their insurance coverage, based on their own religious beliefs. As Bryan Thompson reports, Kansas reaction to the Hobby Lobby ruling follows predictable ideological lines.

Kansas was one of 18 states that sided with Hobby Lobby in the court battle.

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'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,' he says.

Levy also 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."