Liberty University Files Lawsuit Against the Government Takeover of Healthcare

Mar 24, 2010

Prior to midnight yesterday, Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against the newly signed healthcare law on behalf of Liberty University. The suit names as defendants the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, and the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, in their official capacities overseeing the enormous government expansion in health care regulations.

Forcing health insurance on every person and employer is a stunning example of arbitrary power the Constitution does not give to federal bureaucrats.

Jerry Falwell Jr. is Chancellor and CEO of Liberty University (LU), the largest Christian university in the world, with more than 58,000 students in its residence and online programs. LU employs over 5,100 people and is self-insured, offering quality health insurance and health savings accounts to its employees. Since it is self-insured, LU will be forced to pay a fee for each covered "life" (employees, spouses and dependents), and face many other burdensome, costly, and unnecessary regulations. LU is also concerned that the government takeover of the student loan industry, included in the reconciliation bill, will negatively impact its students.

Also joining as a plaintiff is Kathy Byron, Delegate for the Commonwealth of Virginia, who voted in favor of a Virginia law that opposes the federal government takeover, and Lynchburg City Council Member Jeff Helgeson. The lawsuit also includes a physician, and individuals who manage their own healthcare privately and do not want forced health insurance coverage. 

In passing this law, President Obama and Congress ignored the Constitution. The Supreme Court will have the final say, and we believe that this brazen illegal power grab will be overturned. Please pray that this lawsuit is successful!

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