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Liberty University Hopes To Revive Health Law Challenge

The school says its suit raises questions not answered by the Supreme Court in its June decision and is asking the high court to order an appeals court to hear the case. 

Politico: 'Obamacare' Lawsuit Tries to Set Up Path To SCOTUS
Is President Barack Obama's health care law headed back to the Supreme Court? Not now — but one of the law's opponents could be trying to set up a path to allow the court to take up some unfinished business. Liberty University is asking the Supreme Court to order a federal appeals court to hear the issues it has raised in its own lawsuit — issues it says weren't resolved when the Supreme Court upheld the law this summer (Haberkorn and Cheney, 10/1).

The Hill: Supreme Court Asks DoJ To Weigh In On Reviving Health Care Suit
The Supreme Court is weighing whether it should revive a religious university's lawsuit over President Obama's healthcare reform law. Liberty University is trying to revive its lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in that case after its landmark healthcare ruling this summer, but Liberty says its case presents different issues and should get a new hearing in a lower court (Baker, 10/1).

Medpage Today: Supreme Court May Look At ACA Again
The Supreme Court began its new term Monday, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- the subject of the decision that so dramatically wrapped up its last term -- is still on its agenda. The court has given both the Obama administration and Liberty University 30 days to file responses in the case known as Liberty University v. Geithner. In that case, two of the plaintiffs -- Michele Waddell and Joanne Merill -- have decided not to buy health insurance, a decision that would require them to pay a penalty beginning in 2014 under the ACA's so-called individual mandate (Frieden, 10/1).

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