The Supreme Court has opted to not hear a case that involves challenging the new healthcare law. On Dec. 2, the Washington Post reports that Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia, will not have their case heard.
Lawyers for the university wanted to challenge whether Congress had the power to impose a set level of health insurance on employers or make the employers face the consequence of financial penalties.
Lawyer Matthew Staver said of the university’s stance, “Just as the attempt to force individuals to purchase a particular product exceeded the limits of the Commerce Clause, so too does Congress’ attempt to force employers to purchase the same unwanted product.”
The law requires companies with at least 50 employees to provide the basic in health insurance coverage. Most controversy surrounding the law comes from establishments that take issue with it being necessary to provide insurance for contraception.
That is also the case with this lawsuit. Lawyers for the university said the university's religious rights were being violated in forcing the employer to make payments that might be going toward abortions and methods of contraception, both of which are not supported by the university's religious beliefs.
So far, no comments have been made by the justices as to why this appeal was turned aside. However, government lawyers said that since the issue raised by the university had not been argued in lower courts, it should be barred from raising a new issue in the Supreme Court.