President Obama kicks off a public relations campaign to re-market the Affordable Care Act, but some institutions say the act infringes on religious freedoms. Notre Dame is at the center of this controversy. They say they're not comfortable providing the healthcare coverage the Affordable Care Act demands. But if Notre Dame doesn't provide employees with birth control coverage under their health care plan, they could face steep fines.
As President Obama touts the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the University of Notre Dame is re-filing a lawsuit against his administration, saying Obamacare violates their religious rights. The university does not want to provide employees with insurance plans that cover birth control, saying the use of contraception runs counter the Catholic university's beliefs. But if they don't provide the coverage, they could face steep fines. Opponents of Obamacare say this lawsuit and the botched roll out of Healthcare.gov are examples of the Affordable Care Act's failings.
"This bill is fundamentally flawed, causing people to lose the doctor of their choice, causing them to lose their health plan. As if that isn't enough, they're having to pay much higher prices at the same time," said Speaker John Boehner.
But President Obama says Republicans just want to see his signature health care reform fail.
"If you've got good ideas. Bring 'em to me. Let's go. But, we're not repealing it as long as I'm president," said President Obama.
Ultimately. the Supreme Court will decide whether private companies can refuse to offer certain insurance benefits, like birth control, but their ruling isn't expected until next year. A judge dismissed Notre Dame's original lawsuit., saying the legal action was premature because the provision hadn't taken effect yet.