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Supreme Court Turns Down Liberty University’s Challenge To The Health Law’s Employer Mandate

The Christian college, located in Virginia, argued that the mandate is unconstitutional, but the high court rejected the petition, marking the second time in two years that it has declined to review the constitutionality of the overhaul's requirements for most large employers regarding health coverage for workers.

Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case On Obamacare's 'Employer Mandate'
The Supreme Court will not reconsider the part of President Obama’s healthcare law that requires employers to provide basic health insurance for their workers or pay a tax penalty. The justices on Monday dismissed an appeal brought by a conservative Christian college in Virginia that contended the "employer mandate" is unconstitutional (Savage, 12/2).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: High Court Ends Liberty U. Lawsuit Over Health Law
The Supreme Court has turned away a Christian university’s attempt to overturn a key part of the Obama administration’s health care law. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling dismissing Liberty University’s lawsuit (12/2).

Politico: Supreme Court Rejects Liberty University Employer Mandate Challenge To Health Law
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the constitutionality of Obamacare’s employer mandate. The high court rejected a petition from Liberty University, which challenged the law’s employer coverage requirements, individual mandate and contraception coverage requirements. A lower court upheld the law in Liberty’s case. Last week, the justices agreed to review two other cases, brought by the Hobby Lobby craft-store chain and Conestoga Wood Specialties, that focus specifically on the law’s contraception coverage requirement and these for-profit companies’ claim of religious exemption (Haberkorn, 12/2).

CNN: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Broader Legal Challenge To Obamacare
A broader legal challenge to Obamacare's so-called "employer mandate" was turned aside by the Supreme Court on Monday. The justices, without comment, again refused to intervene in Liberty University's long-running appeal of the Affordable Care Act. It marked the second time in two years the court has declined to review the constitutionality of requirements for most large employers to offer a range of health insurance coverage for their workers (Mears, 12/2).

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