Liberty Counsel Files Reply Petition With the High Court on ObamaCare

Nov 1, 2013

Washington, DC—Today, Liberty Counsel filed a Reply Petition at the United States Supreme Court to consider Liberty v. Lew, because it is the only case before the Court which presents the full array of constitutional issues left unanswered. After Liberty Counsel filed the Petition, the Department of Justice filed its Response, and today Liberty Counsel filed its Reply.

Unlike other petitions pending before the Supreme Court, Liberty v. Lew provides a single vehicle to resolve the constitutional questions related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which remain unanswered after the High Court’s decision in NFIB v. Sebelius. Liberty Counsel’s case includes the following:

    • Challenges the religious liberty issues posed by regulations requiring that employer-provided health insurance include no-cost coverage of contraceptives and abortifacients,

    • Disputes the religious liberty issues posed by requiring individuals to pay for abortions, and

  • Confronts the overarching constitutional questions raised by mandating that employers provide health insurance or face crippling penalties.

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius only address the employer contraceptive and abortifacient coverage. Liberty University v. Lew includes this challenge in addition to the entire employer mandate and the abortion funding under the individual mandate.

The Supreme Court may consider whether to grant review of Liberty Counsel’s ObamaCare case as early as November 26, 2013, and a decision could be announced by December 2.

“ObamaCare is a train wreck. It is hard to see how ObamaCare will ultimately survive. Whether it be the judiciary or the legislative process, this law will almost certainly be overturned because it is unworkable on so many levels,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.



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