Supreme Court Declines to Hear Liberty University’s Challenge to Affordable Care Act Suit


As reported by multiple sources on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court  declined to wade into the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate.  Liberty University, a Christian university in in Lynchburg, Virginia, challenged the law’s employer coverage requirements, individual mandate and contraception coverage requirements as violative of the commerce clause.  Of particular note was Liberty University’s argument that the ACA and its implementing regulations violated the university’s religious rights by forcing Liberty University and its officials to fund abortions and to provide contraceptives.  While a lower court upheld the law in Liberty’s case, the Supreme Court took 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.

Topics:  Affordable Care Act, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Employer Mandates, Individual Mandate, Religious Institutions, Religious Schools, SCOTUS

Published In: Civil Procedure Updates, Constitutional Law Updates, Education Updates, Health Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

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