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Lancaster company takes ACA case to Supreme Court

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

Conestoga Wood Specialties, a company in Lancaster County, is owned by a conservative Mennonite family. They believe the government has gone too far and Tuesday they'll go before the Supreme Court to ask for a religious exemption to President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"When you are a small Mennonite company in Lancaster County and you are facing the power and might of the United States government, it is an uphill battle. There is a lot riding on this Supreme Court case," said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

"The bigger issue is the religious freedom and right of conscience of the families involved, and people at Hobby Lobby, and other companies where the owners have particular religious convictions."

Some companies are opposed to providing contraceptive drugs in their insurance coverage, including drugs that can cause an abortion.

"They are basically saying because of their faith, because of the First Amendment protection of religious liberty, they should be granted an exception," Geer said.

On the other side of the coin is the government, which argues people have religious freedoms but corporations do not.

"Individuals have First Amendment rights, but when they sign on to be a corporation people like the owners of the corporation have given up that right," said Geer.

Under the Affordable Care Act, companies that refuse to provide comprehensive coverage could face fines up to $100 a day per employee, which would all but sink Conestoga Wood.

A decision on the issue is expected sometime in late June.

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