How do you compromise core principles of your religion, the exercise of which is guaranteed in the First Amendment?
The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case of Zubik v. Burwell — in which petitioners argue the ObamaCare mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in company insurance plans violates their religious beliefs — to lower court where it says a compromise should be worked out.
The court’s order states:
Following oral argument, the Court requested supplemental briefing from the parties addressing “whether contraceptive coverage could be provided to petitioners’ employees, through petitioners’ insurance companies, without any such notice from petitioners.” Both petitioners and the Government now confirm that such an option is feasible. Petitioners have clarified that their religious exercise is not infringed where they “need to do nothing more than contract for a plan that does not include coverage for some or all forms of contraception,” even if their employees receive cost-free contraceptive coverage from the same insurance company. The Government has confirmed that the challenged procedures “for employers with insured plans could be modified to operate in the manner posited in the Court’s order while still ensuring that the affected women receive contraceptive coverage seamlessly, together with the rest of their health coverage.”
Cost free to whom? Somebody pays and it is usually in the form of higher premiums. So the company is paying for something its owners believe is a sin.
This is nothing but sleight of hand trickery and a way for the court to avoid a 4-4 tie by delaying.