Liberty Univ. case could either gut or sink ObamaCare

Thursday, November 29, 2012
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

The Supreme Court's revival of Liberty University's case against ObamaCare may help to end the controversial law, according to the head of a nonprofit litigation organization.

Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel says this Supreme Court decision ordering a federal appeals court to reconsider the university's challenge to ObamaCare is a huge step forward.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)"This, for example, is a challenge against the employer mandate in general, across the board," he explains. "And if we win that, that guts ObamaCare because [it] cannot operate if the employer mandate is not in effect. It literally guts ObamaCare across the board."

Even if the appeals court rules that the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) is constitutional, he says he will argue that the law violates the university's free exercise of religion.

"Either you follow your religious conviction and violate the law, or you follow the law and violate your religious conviction, and there's no in between -- so this is an unprecedented clash," he tells OneNewsNow.

"If we win on the free exercise of religion claim, while it might not gut the entire law, it puts a big gaping hole in the bottom of the ship that ultimately, I believe, will eventually bring down this law."

Liberty's case is among dozens of other lawsuits challenging the requirement that employer insurance plans cover contraception, which includes abortifacients.

Related story:
Business owner gains temporary hold on mandate

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's the biggest question in your mind as Democrats start their meeting in Philadelphia?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Sanders urges fans to rally behind Clinton as DNC heats up
Takeaways: Sanders, Michelle Obama dominate convention
Latest: Bernie Sanders says 'our revolution' continues
Latest from DNC: Comedian-turned-senator Franken riffs on Trump
DNC: Sanders' delegates react to call for them to support Clinton
More than 50 pro-Sanders demonstrators cited by police
Trump's new derisive nickname for Clinton _ 'Rotten'
November trial set for cases over NC LGBT law
At least 15 killed, dozens injured in knifing near Tokyo
Die-hard Sanders' backers divided on backing Clinton
Tim LaHaye, author of 'Left Behind' end times novels, dies

LATEST FROM THE WEB

DNC Monday: FLOTUS steals the show, then rumpled socialist basks in adulation
Michelle Obama raises Barack's birth-certificate issue at DNC
Party disunity highlighted on day 1 of DNC
DNC saves its loudest applause for daughter of illegal immigrant
76 percent of white evangelicals have 'made up' their minds to vote for Trump, poll finds

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Illegally imposed taxes threaten to close church

A small Arizona church is facing illegally assessed property taxes that would force it out of existence if paid.