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Hudson Valley News
Wed December 4, 2013
Lowey Stands By Affordable Care Act In Supreme Court Case
WASHINGTON – If the US Supreme Court sides with business allowing it to make decisions as to what health coverage an employee will have under Obamacare, it will spell trouble, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY17) said Tuesday.
She was reacting to the court’s decision to take up challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that for-profit corporations include contraception coverage in employees’ insurance plans.
“If the Supreme Court rules in favor of these for-profit corporations intent on making healthcare decisions for their employees, it will create a danger precedent,” Lowey said. “Employers would have the right for the first time ever to deny coverage for specific medical treatments to which their employees are legally entitled, based solely on the personal beliefs of the corporation’s owners.”
Reina Schiffrin, president of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic said over 27 million women have already benefited from the birth control provision and millions more stand to gain coverage in January.
“Employers have no right to take that access away,” Schriffin claimed.