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Supreme Court Rejects Employer-Mandate Challenge

The Court declined to review the constitutionality of Obamacare's employer mandate for the second time.

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Obamacare supporters and opponents gathered in front of the Supreme Court to learn how the justices ruled on the Affordable Care Act on June 28, 2012.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Obamacare's employer mandate Monday, according to SCOTUSblog.

The complaint was made by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. A religiously affiliated institution, the school also sought new review of the individual mandate and the contraception-coverage requirement.

 

The Affordable Care Act requires employers with 50 or more workers to make insurance coverage available to their workers or face a penalty. Originally set to go into effect in 2014, the employer mandate was delayed one year to give employers more time to comply.

The Liberty University case involved a number of challenges to the Affordable Care Act that had not been appealed or that the Court had declined to review when it ruled on the constitutionality of the law two years ago. The high court agreed to review the constitutionality of the individual mandate in 2012, but declined to review the employer mandate. The individual mandate was upheld under the government's taxing power.

Despite withstanding two attempts to challenge it in the Supreme Court, the employer mandate is still facing other challenges in lower courts.

 

The Supreme Court decided last week to hear two cases challenging the health law's contraception mandate. 

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