President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care law is headed for a new Supreme Court showdown over companiesâ€™ religious objections to the lawâ€™s birth-control mandate.
Amid the troubled rollout of the health law, and 17 months after the justices upheld it, the Obama administration is defending a provision that requires most employers that offer health insurance to their workers to provide a range of preventive health benefits, including contraception.
Roughly 40 for-profit companies have sued, arguing they should not be forced to cover some or all forms of birth control because doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Both sides want the justices to settle an issue that has divided lower courts. The high court could announce its decision whether to consider the topic as early as Tuesday, following its closed-door meeting.
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