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Published on: November 26, 2012 10:26 AM
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Washington - The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration.

The court on Monday ordered the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to consider the claim by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that Obama’s health care law violates the school’s religious freedoms.

A federal district judge rejected Liberty’s claims, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lawsuit was premature and never dealt with the substance of the school’s arguments. The Supreme Court upheld the health care law in June.

The justices used lawsuits filed by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business to uphold the health care law by a 5-4 vote, then rejected all other pending appeals, including Liberty’s.

The school made a new filing with the court over the summer to argue that its claims should be fully evaluated in light of the high court decision. The administration said it did not oppose Liberty’s request.

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Liberty is challenging both the requirement that most individuals obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, and a separate provision requiring many employers to offer health insurance to their workers.

The appeals court could ask the government and the college for new legal briefs to assess the effect of the Supreme Court ruling on Liberty’s claims before rendering a decision.

Liberty’s case joins dozens of other pending lawsuits over health reform, many involving the requirement that employer insurance plans cover contraception, which are working their way through the federal court system.


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 Nov 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Obamacare to many of our Christian neighbors is equal to the government forcing us to buy Chametz on Pesach. We have to stand with them, even though we have different religious views, because we could be next, cv

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM Anonymous Says:

they love obamacare since they are not paying; if their companies don't pay it will cost them

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM Reb Yid Says:

And that's on top of all of the other reasons to hate it, such as taxing people with good insurance, encouraging companies to get rid of health insurance as a benefit, health care reimbursement decisions being made with social engineering in mind, etc. etc.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM ShmuelG Says:

Just a superficial look at the face of the woman holding up "we heart obamacare" sign should be enough to convince every man of taste and intelligence to oppose it.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Obamacare to many of our Christian neighbors is equal to the government forcing us to buy Chametz on Pesach. We have to stand with them, even though we have different religious views, because we could be next, cv

No, that it a false analogy. It is like your forcing a non-Jewish employee to only eat kosher food and to NOT eat Chametz on Pesach.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 06:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Reb Yid Says:

And that's on top of all of the other reasons to hate it, such as taxing people with good insurance, encouraging companies to get rid of health insurance as a benefit, health care reimbursement decisions being made with social engineering in mind, etc. etc.

It does NOT tax people with good insurance, does NOT encourage companies to get rid of benefits, and reimbursement decisions are not made with social engineering in mind. It might be helpful to you if you actually read the law before repeating narishkeit you heard third hand.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Obamacare to many of our Christian neighbors is equal to the government forcing us to buy Chametz on Pesach. We have to stand with them, even though we have different religious views, because we could be next, cv

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anon Says:

No, that it a false analogy. It is like your forcing a non-Jewish employee to only eat kosher food and to NOT eat Chametz on Pesach.

No because the employee can go buy what they want on their own if there was no obamacare

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anon Says:

No, that it a false analogy. It is like your forcing a non-Jewish employee to only eat kosher food and to NOT eat Chametz on Pesach.

The government is forcing employers to break their religious views. Halachically a jew cannot buy chametz for a non Jew who works for them either, although the non Jew can buy his own chametz, so it is a perfect analogy.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM thechief Says:

as far as anyone knows nobody has read the full law,including#6

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Obamacare to many of our Christian neighbors is equal to the government forcing us to buy Chametz on Pesach. We have to stand with them, even though we have different religious views, because we could be next, cv

Right...just like buying chametz....you are really a moron. The next time it will be a Christian Science owned business saying that their health insurance will not cover a blood transfusion during surgery since it is contrary to their religious beliefs. An employer shouldn't be making such life/death decisions for their employees.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

It does NOT tax people with good insurance, does NOT encourage companies to get rid of benefits, and reimbursement decisions are not made with social engineering in mind. It might be helpful to you if you actually read the law before repeating narishkeit you heard third hand.

True and it does institute death panels as promised by Newt Gingrich

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 08:15 PM Kzler Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

And that's on top of all of the other reasons to hate it, such as taxing people with good insurance, encouraging companies to get rid of health insurance as a benefit, health care reimbursement decisions being made with social engineering in mind, etc. etc.

Reb Yid list the social engineering factors

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM Torahjew Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

It does NOT tax people with good insurance, does NOT encourage companies to get rid of benefits, and reimbursement decisions are not made with social engineering in mind. It might be helpful to you if you actually read the law before repeating narishkeit you heard third hand.

like you know what is in the law its not public for a reason

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Obamacare to many of our Christian neighbors is equal to the government forcing us to buy Chametz on Pesach. We have to stand with them, even though we have different religious views, because we could be next, cv

Obama care is more like letting you have a kosher home and live next to a non-kosher neighbor. Thats it. And in America, that is fine.

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