Court Rules Corporations Aren’t People, Can’t Exercise Religion

The United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously today (pdf) that a private, for-profit corporation is not a “person” capable of “religious exercise,” and so cannot be excused from complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) for religious reasons. The case centered around a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Autocam Corporation and Autocam Medical, LLC two for-profit, secular corporations that make products for the automotive and medical industries. The companies are owned and controlled by members of the Kennedy family, all of whom are practicing Roman Catholics. The Kennedy family complained that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employees’ health insurance cover FDA- approved contraceptives would force the family to violate the teachings of their church. The Court ruled that since a corporation cannot exercise religion, it cannot claim that its religious rights are being infringed by the Affordable Care Act. The ruling has implications for other corporations, like Hobby Lobby, that have made the same claim.

1 comment for “Court Rules Corporations Aren’t People, Can’t Exercise Religion

  1. September 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    What a battle we are seeing being waged by the enemies of an emerging improvement in the U.S. healthcare delivery system! People are actually being importuned to join the war against health by an argument that is much like urging people not to eat broccoli because it is being forced upon them by the government. Only in some sort of make-believe society could this happen!

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