Majority OK with PPACA birth control mandateNews added by Benefits Pro on July 1, 2014

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By Kathryn Mayer

Most Americans don’t think like the Supreme Court.

The public majority oppose letting private companies opt out of the birth control mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on religious grounds, according to a new poll.

According to Reuters/Ipsos, 53 percent don’t think employers should be able to choose what forms of contraceptives their health plans provide based on their religious beliefs. On the other hand, 35 percent think they should, while another 12 percent said they were unsure.

The poll results were released Sunday, prior to the ruling that found that companies can opt out the PPACA provision.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court sided with family-owned businesses, including Hobby Lobby, that argued in court against PPACA's requirement that they offer birth-control coverage in their worker health plans.

The decision is seen as a blow to the health care overhaul, and gives new ground to companies with similar beliefs.

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