Magazine article USA TODAY

Killing the ObamaCare Zombie

Magazine article USA TODAY

Killing the ObamaCare Zombie

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"REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS are folding like cheap lawn chairs," you might say, "and political eunuchs in the GOP establishment are bowing to Pres. Barack Obama like he bows to foreign dictators. Any hope of repeal is long dead, and besides, Chief Justice John Roberts put the final nail in the judicial coffin last summer, didn't he? Any chance of killing the ObamaCare zombie is gone, right?" Wrong.

Not surprisingly, the mainstream media paid it little attention but, back in November 2012, the Supreme Court shocked many in the legal community by granting Liberty Counsel's motion for a rehearing on its multi-pronged challenge to ObamaCare. The High Court ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear arguments. This is extremely rare and almost certainly means that Roberts will get another bite at the rotten apple-this time, with a whole new quiver of legal arrows.

Following the Supreme Court's directive, Liberty Counsel recently filed its brief in the case of L/berry University v. Geithner. The Christian civil rights firm represents Liberty University and two private individuals in this case. While there are other legal challenges to the employer contraceptive-abortifacient mandate, Liberty Counsel's is the most comprehensive case pending in the country. The lawsuit challenges the employer mandate for all employers; abortion mandate for religious employers and individuals; and the entire law because tax bills must originate in the House and ObamaCare originated in the Senate.

This case is the only one in the country try that challenges the entire employer mandate for all employers. Like other pending cases, Liberty Counsel's also challenges the so-called "preventative coverage" mandate, which requires employers to provide free contraceptives, sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and 1UDs.

Additionally, ObamaCare compels individual citizens to violate their conscience by making them directly fund abortion homicide--both surgical and chemical--under penalty of law. It forces all employees who are part of a plan that offers abortion coverage to pay one dollar per month directly to a 'free" abortion fund. There is no opt-out provision, and information relative to which plans offer abortion intentionally is covered up. This, too, is part of the case, so do not let anyone tell you that ObamaCare does not require you to fund abortion on demand. …

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