The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to wade into another heated Obamacare case — and opened the door to a new round of "war on women" attacks ahead of the 2014 midterms.
The justices agreed to hear a challenge to the health care law's contraception mandate, which requires most employers to include contraception in their employees' health insurance policies without charging a co-pay or deductible.
A ruling would likely come in June — just months ahead of midterm elections that could determine which party controls the Senate and thus the confirmation process for new Supreme Court nominees.
The politics of the contraception mandate have so far benefited Democrats. During the 2012 race, President Obama made the policy the centerpiece of his defense of the unpopular health care law. And Democrats were able to wrap GOP criticism of the policy into a larger narrative that Republican Senate candidates were waging a "war on women."
"We believe this requirement is lawful and essential to women's health and are confident the Supreme Court will agree," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Tuesday.
But there are good reasons for the White House and Democrats to worry about how the Court will rule.