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Car dealership owner fights ACA requirement involving contraception coverage

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Randy Reed, the owner of GMC Buick dealerships around the metro, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government's Affordable Care Act so that his company's insurance plan does not have to cover the controversial morning-after pill.

His car dealerships around the metro carry his well-known name, Randy Reed. From a small car lot 25 years ago to two dealerships and 180 employees, Reed is now making headlines of a different sort.

"My family, we are pro-life, we come to that from a moral stand point. We don't believe it's right to take any life," he said.

Reed says from the beginning of his entrepreneurial career, he has opted out of including contraceptives in the insurance plans that he provides to his employees. But this year, under the Affordable Care Act, a federal mandate requires that insurance plans include contraceptives, including the morning-after pill.

"As the owner of the company and the fact that we are the provider of this insurance plan, my conscious wouldn't allow me to pay for any kind of abortion," he said.

Reed followed the example of other companies and filed an injunction to the U.S. District Court to be exempt from the federal ACA requirements.

"There's a part of me that says there has to be a point where the government can't tell us that we have to violate our morality in order to be legal," he said.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act say employees should have the right to all types of coverage - not just what their employers want to give them. The federal government concludes the morning-after pill is not an abortion bill.

"Based on their interpretation it would not be abortion. Based on my interpretation it is," Reed said.

Reed said he has not done a survey with his employees about whether they agree and he's not worried about business declining. What he is worried about is what he will do if the Supreme Court does not agree.

"That will be a hard choice but I will say this, 'we will not pay for abortions - my company, my family, we will not pay for abortions,'" he said.

A decision from the Supreme Court is expected late spring or summer. Until then, Reed will not include contraceptives in his insurance plan.

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