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LU to join potential suit against health care bills

January 5, 2010 : University Advancement staff

Liberty University will be one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit likely to be filed by Liberty Counsel, a nationwide public interest religious civil liberties law firm, should Congress approve and President Barack Obama sign the current health care bills.

Other plaintiffs include individuals, private non-profit and for-profit businesses and organizations, and religious institutions.

If a bill passes that mandates individual health care coverage or requires private employers to provide coverage, Liberty Counsel plans to file suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill.

In a news release from Liberty Counsel, Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law, said: “Congress does not have unlimited authority to regulate private actions. If the Constitution does not give Congress the power to act, then Congress cannot act. Congress clearly lacks the constitutional authority to force individuals to have, or private businesses to provide, health insurance. Congress’s attempt to force health insurance coverage on the nation is a stunning example of what Congress cannot do.”

Read Liberty Counsel’s full news release for details about the unconstitutionality of the health care bills.