U.S. justices decline to hear another Obamacare challenge

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 2, 2013 10:03am EST

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with health insurance chief executives at the White House in Washington November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with health insurance chief executives at the White House in Washington November 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a broad new legal challenge to President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law.

The court rejected a petition filed by Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia, which had raised various objections to the law, including to the key provision that requires individuals to obtain health insurance.

The justices upheld the constitutionality of a the individual mandate in a 5-4 ruling in June 2012.

Last week, the court agreed to hear two new cases in which employers have made religious objections to regulations implemented under Obamacare that require employers to provide health insurance that includes contraception for women. The case will be heard this term and decided by the end of June.

By rejecting the Liberty University case, the justices left intact a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a May 2013 decision that dismissed the claims made by the college and two individuals, Michele Waddell and Joanne Merrill.

The case is Liberty University v. Lew, U.S. Supreme Court, 13-306.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller and Bill Trott)

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Comments (19)
AlkalineState wrote:
“a Christian college in Virginia”

That…. pretty much tells you what you need to know. Frivolous lawsuits, victim complex. Habitual whiners.

Dec 02, 2013 11:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
NMGliderPilot wrote:
“a Christian college in Virginia”

That pretty much tells you Christian persecution still continues. Habitual persecution.

Dec 02, 2013 2:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Obsilutely wrote:
@Alkaline – I agree. Christians have a horrible problem with placing themselves on a pedestal because they believe an imaginary man is going to give them a mansion in the clouds one day and those who don’t believe it are second class citizens. Nonetheless, this type of activity is not limited to religious organizations. Most American companies and institutions don’t care about Americans. It’s the American way. We are here to make a few people even richer than they already are for little to no pay. Welcome the the “land of opportunity” lol.

Dec 02, 2013 2:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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