01 - 07 - 2013 Mennonite company challenges Obamacare provision
BEAVERTOWN - A Lancaster County-based company with two Snyder County factories will know next week whether it will receive a lengthier injunction in its case challenging the birth control mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare." On Dec. 28, Conestoga Wood Specialties received a 14-day reprieve from being forced to either include coverage of birth control in its health care plan or pay fines of $95,000 per day - $100 for each of the company's 950 employees. That injunction expires this coming week. Conestoga Wood Specialties, which has operations in Beavertown and Beaver Springs, alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Dec. 4 that the mandate, which requires most employers to offer health insurance that covers contraception, would "be sinful and immoral" to participate in due to the owners' Mennonite religious beliefs.