Court Orders New Look At Health Care Challenge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college's challenge to the federal health care law.

The justices ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider Liberty University's claim that the law violates its religious freedom.

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.

Liberty law school dean Mathew Staver says the Supreme Court did not address those issues when it upheld the law in June.

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

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