by Steven Ertelt
The Supreme Court today ordered a federal appeals court to take a new look at the controversial Obamacare law and whether it unconstitutionally forces taxpayers to fund abortions and birth control, violating religious freedoms.
The high court ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the case of Liberty University, a Christian college that contends Obama’s health care law violates the school’s religious freedoms. A federal judge rejected the case and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the lawsuit was premature but did not deal with the main points the lawsuit brought up.
When the Supreme Court upheld the Obamacare law this summer, that ruling essentially rejected all other lawsuits like the one from Liberty University but the college filed the suit anew arguing that its claims were separate from the ones the Supreme Court considered in its 5-4 decision upholding the law.
Liberty University is challenging the requirement that people must obtain health insurance or pay a penalty and provisions requiring employers to offer health care for their employees. It is also challenging the controversial HHS mandate that has been a subject of more than 40 lawsuits.
Before the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Justice informed the Supreme Court that it did not oppose Liberty University’s Petition for Rehearing the Court’s denial of review of the case of Liberty University v. Geithner.
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