4th Circ. Rejects Religious Challenge To Health Reform

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Thursday struck down a Christian university's challenge of the Affordable Care Act, ruling the legislation doesn't impede the school's religious freedom and that its so-called employer mandate doesn't exceed Congress' authority to regulate commerce.

The appeals court ruled that the law doesn't infringe on Liberty University's freedom to exercise Christian practices by providing health care coverage for abortions, namely because it doesn't set apart any particular religious group. The act also provides an explicit exemption for individuals who do not wish to...
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