The Supreme Court and the
Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the
constitutionality of the healthcare law, appear to be on another
collision course over whether church-run schools, universities,
hospitals and charities must provide free contraceptives to their
students and employees.
The dispute stems from
one of the more popular parts of the new healthcare law: its requirement
that all health plans provide "preventive services" for free. That
category includes vaccines and such routine screenings as cholesterol
checkups and mammograms. Starting this year, it also includes coverage
of birth control pills, IUDs and other contraceptives.
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