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Supreme Court Turns Down Liberty University’s HHS Mandate Appeal

The Supreme Court has refused to hear Liberty University’s appeal challenging the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare, according to news reports.

The Christian university, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, petitioned the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court dismissed their case.

The justices did not comment on their decision.

The lawsuit from Liberty differed from many of the lawsuits currently proceeding against the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate. Liberty’s lawsuit questioned the constitutionality of not only the mandate, but also Obamacare in its entirety.

Last year, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in its 5-4 decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius “ as a constitutional exercise of Congress' taxing power.”

Recently though, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases challenging the controversial Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, which requires organizations—including Catholic schools—to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive and abortifacient drugs, as well as sterilization for its employees.

Several other lawsuits from both Christian and Catholic colleges are still being heard by lower courts.

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