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In Northern Maine, Collaboration Brings Better Health

Religious challenge to health care law hits high court

More photos The northern part of the state is poor, but residents rank high on measures of health. The coordination among businesses and health workers is seen as a model. Reporting from Bangor, Maine March 19, 2014 Sally Patterson reflected on her part in the healthcare system as she pointed her aging silver Subaru west on U.S. Highway 2 early one morning, headed for the tiny hamlet of Carmel. "You've got to teach people how to look out for themselves," Patterson said, whizzing past isolated houses, meadows and stands of pine. "It's like the old biblical saying. Give a person a fish, you feed them for a day.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Hobby Lobby last June in a 5-3 ruling. "Corporations are groups of people," says Timothy Sandefur, an attorney with the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation. "There's a very long history of corporations mingling religious and profitable activities together." The government's defenders argue that for-profit corporations cannot claim religious rights, even though churches and religiously-affiliated non-profits such as hospitals and universities have won exemptions or accommodations under the law. That was the view of a divided Third Circuit Court of Appeals panel that ruled against Conestoga in July. "For-profit corporations do not and should not have religious rights," says Caroline Mala Corbin, a University of Miami law professor. "They have no soul, and they certainly don't have a relationship with God." QUESTION THREE: CONTRACEPTION OR ABORTION?
Religious challenge to health care law hits high court

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