Skip to comments.Virginia University Petitions Supreme Court for Health Care Suit Review [Liberty U.]
Posted on 10/10/2011 4:16:45 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
A Virginia university is the latest party to request the Supreme Court step in and resolve the multifront legal brawl over the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul.
Liberty University, a private Christian university founded by the late Jerry Falwell, asked on Monday for the high court to review an appeals court's decision to dismiss its challenge of the law.
The move comes after the Department of Justice and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli each petitioned the Supreme Court to review the legality of the law. But in seeking to add their case to the list, Liberty University lawyers are trying to have the justices dig even deeper.
Whereas other suits hinged mostly on a challenge to the law's "individual mandate" -- the requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance coverage -- the Liberty University case also challenged similar requirements on employers to extend coverage to workers.
"We're the only case that actually raises the employer mandate," said Mathew Staver, lead lawyer on the case and founder of Liberty Counsel. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the case last month.
Staver told FoxNews.com he anticipates the Supreme Court, which began its term last week, will decide before the end of the year which cases it will hear, and schedule oral arguments for some time in early 2012. Staver said it's possible the court will take multiple cases, schedule them "back to back," and then potentially issue a joint opinion covering all the cases.
"You really want to dispose of everything at one time," he said.
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