October 9, 2012
OBAMACARE, RECONSIDERED?: The Supreme Court has given the government 30 days to respond to a request by Liberty University to grant a rehearing on its constitutional claims against Obamacare. Specifically, because the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against Liberty on technical grounds that the US Supreme Court disagreed with (the Anti-Injunction Act), Liberty’s petition for rehearing argues that its claims should now be given their day before the Supreme Court. And Liberty’s claims go well beyond the claims presented in the NFIB v. Sebelius case decided by the Supreme Court this summer. Specifically, Liberty claims that the individual mandate violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, by forcing religiously-affiliated entities to indirectly subsidize abortions, which must be covered by post-Obamacare health insurance policies.