Dean Staver Continues in Battle of ObamaCare Lawsuit; Supreme Court to Hear Oral ArgumentNovember 17, 2011
On Monday, November 14, the U. S. Supreme Court announced it would hear all arguments involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as "ObamaCare"). Mathew Staver, Dean of Liberty University School of Law and Founder/Chairman of Liberty Counsel, continues to represent Liberty University and two private individuals who object to government-mandated health insurance.
The Supreme Court will hear a consolidated argument related to the cases from Florida, involving 26 states (Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which was also part of the case. The Court will hear argument for 90 minutes on the severability question. The Court will also hear the Florida case’s challenge to the individual mandate, Medicaid, and the federal Anti-Injunction Act, allotting two hours to oral argument. The government will also be granted 2 hours for oral argument.
The Court apparently is holding the case of Liberty University v. Geithner, in which Liberty Counsel represents Liberty University and two private individuals. Oral argument will be set in the spring of 2012. The Court has granted an unprecedented 5½ hours for oral argument, with a decision expected no later than the end of the Court’s term in June 2012.
“The constitutional issues presented in the ObamaCare lawsuit are of exceptional importance to every American. If ObamaCare is upheld, then Congress will be able to force every American to purchase products or services determined bybureaucrats,” according to Staver. “We are pleased that the Supreme Court will hear this case. From the beginning, we knew this case had a destiny to be decided by the High Court.”