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.
"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
"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.
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