May 16, 2013
Mat Staver Presented Oral Argument In The Court of Appeals Today Against Obamacare (Audio Clip)
Richmond, VA – Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, concluded oral argument earlier today in Liberty Counsel’s ObamaCare case, Liberty University v. Geithner, before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. During argument, the DOJ attorney acknowledged that this is the only case in the country that challenges the entire employer mandate.
Liberty Counsel’s challenge to ObamaCare is the most comprehensive case pending, challenging (1) the employer mandate; (2) the abortion mandate for religious employers; (3) the abortion mandate for individuals; and (4) the entire law because tax bills must originate in the House.
The three-judge panel is the same panel that heard this case in 2011. Following that ruling, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in November 2012 the High Court ordered the court of appeals to rehear the case. Now it is back for further consideration. Our ruling should be forthcoming later this year.
(Audio Clip) “While Liberty Counsel joins others in challenging the HHS abortifacient mandate, we also challenge the entirety of the employer mandate for all employers – secular and religious,” said Staver. “Congress does not have the authority to force employers to buy an unwanted product,” Staver said.
“If Liberty University does not provide insurance coverage, it will be fined $2,000 per employee, per year, resulting in millions of dollars of penalties. Even if Liberty provides insurance but refuses to provide any portion of the preventive coverage mandate (including abortion-inducing drugs and IUDs), it will still be penalized $2,000 per year for every one of its ‘full time equivalent’ employees. And it doesn’t stop there,” Staver warned. “Another statute charges fines up to $15,000 per employee, per day. The fines could reach tens of millions of dollars,” Staver said. “ObamaCare coerces the largest Christian university in the world to violate its religious convictions under penalty of enormous fines. These excessive fines constitute an impermissible penalty,” said Staver.
“ObamaCare represents a frontal attack to religious freedom and economic stability. Described as a ‘train wreck’ by one of its architects, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), ObamaCare is a train about to collide with the fundamental right to free exercise of religion and the economic stability of individuals and businesses across America,” said Staver.
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