Justice Stephen Breyer asked why the government couldn’t provide the companies the same accommodation it offered nonprofit religious organizations. In those instances, the government effectively picks up the cost of the challenged methods.
“You’re talking about a very open-ended increase in the cost to the government,” [Solicitor General Donald] Verrilli said.
Related to that is Justice Elena Kagan’s worry that “everything would be piecemeal. Nothing would be uniform.”
There’s a hint there, folks. If a thing is too expensive, or too confusing or hard, for government to do right, maybe government shouldn’t be doing it.