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Supreme Court rejects another challenge to the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time refusing to hear Liberty University’s bid to have the provision requiring employers to provide adequate health insurance for their employees overturned as unconstitutional.

In Liberty University v. Lew, the Fourth Circuit had previously upheld the employer mandate.

“We find that the employer mandate is no monster; rather, it is simply another example of Congress’s longstanding authority to regulate employee compensation offered and paid for by employers in interstate commerce,”  the three-judge panel wrote.

Implementation of the employer mandate has been delayed until January 2015.

The Court’s refusal to hear the case comes on the heels of  its acceptance last week of two cases challenging the ACA’s contraception mandate on religious grounds, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

Those cases are slated to be heard next spring.

 

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