PITTSBURGH The owners of
a Missouri-based scrap metal conglomerate who are suing the
U.S. government on claims the Affordable Care Act violates
their freedom of religion have been granted temporary immunity
from meeting the laws requirements.
A judge in U.S. District Court
in Missouri has issued Paul Griesedieck and Henry Griesedieck a
preliminary injunction that exempts them from offering certain
health-care options, such as certain forms of contraceptive
methods, to its 175 employees.
The Griesediecks concerns
deserve more time and consideration, Judge Richard E. Dorr
wrote in the Dec. 20 decision.
The Griesediecks hold the
controlling interest in Springfield Iron & Metal LLC,
Springfield; American Pulverizer Co. and City Welding, both in
St. Louis; and Hustler Conveyor Co., based in OFallon.
The pair had filed the lawsuit against a slew of federal
amm.com, Oct. 22).
"The Griesedieck family is very
pleased with the courts decision. They are not trying to
prevent anybodys access to anything. They just want to be
left free to not pay for services they object to based on their
religion," legal counsel for the family told AMM.