Brown Bag Lecture: Supreme Court Decisions – The Reality Behind the Headlines
The following headlines appeared following the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act: “Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law ... In Victory for Obama” (New York Times); “Court Backs Obama On Health Law” (Wall Street Journal); “Supreme Court Upholds Obama’s Healthcare Law” (Los Angeles Times); and “Justices back health law” (Boston Globe). Clearly a victory for Obama but what does it mean that the Court “upholds” or “backs” the Affordable Care Act.
This lecture will explore this question looking at the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby birth control case to inform students of the appellate process. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the government can not force Hobby Lobby to offer birth control as part of its employee health insurance plan. We will examine the government’s ability to regulate conduct when that regulation has religious implications.
Leonard Singer is a semi-retired Massachusetts lawyer who has followed developments in this area of the law. He has practiced law in Boston for almost 40 years specializing in civil litigation and commercial disputes.