believe that paying for a group health insurance plan that complies with Defendants’ Mandate is sinful and immoral because it requires them and/or the businesses they control to pay for contraception, sterilization, abortifacient drugs and related education and counseling in violation of their sincere and deeply-held religious beliefs and the teachings of the Catholic Church.The complaint lists a number of business decisions made by plaintiffs in the past based on their religious values, including a decision by one of the plaintiffs last June to accept a below-market value offer for his former business, in part to avoid having to conform its group health plan to the mandate. The law firm representing plaintiffs issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
More Catholic Businessmen Sue Challenging ACA Contraceptive Coverage Mandate
Last week, one more lawsuit challenging the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act was filed-- this time in federal district court in Minnesota. The complaint (full text) in Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius, (D MN, filed 11/2/2012), alleges that the individual plaintiffs are two devout Catholic businessmen, one of whom owns co-plaintiff Annex Medical, and the other of whom plans to buy a business in 2013. The plaintiffs: