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Court Stays HHS Mandate for Christian University

In a blow for religious liberty, a Christian university won a stay against the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act mandate in court yesterday.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia, in response to a lawsuit filed by Liberty University, ordered a stay on the mandate until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue.

“I am pleased that the court of appeals stayed the mandate pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. Staying a mandate is not the usual course of action, but in this case, the likelihood that the Supreme Court has an interest in hearing this challenge is high,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel which represents Liberty University, according to LifeNews.com.

Liberty University’s challenge to Obamacare is unique in that it questions the constitutionality of not only the HHS contraceptive mandate but the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, including the mandate and the religious “exemption.”

And because the Supreme Court defined the heavy fine that would be levied against employers and individuals who refused to purchase health insurance as a tax, the lawsuit questions the constitutionality of the entire law because tax bills must originate in the House.  

Enforcement of the mandate is scheduled to go into effect on January 1 of 2014.

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