Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to Obamacare’s employer mandate

December 2, 2013

The Supreme Court  opted Monday not to take up a case challenging Obamacare's requirement that most employers provide health insurance to their employees.

The court instead opted to leave in place an appeals court's ruling striking down the lawsuit, which was brought by Liberty University, an evangelical college in Virginia.

It is the second time the court has opted not to hear an appeal to the health-care law's employer mandate. The court previously declined to review the employer mandate while taking up the individual health-insurance mandate — a mandate that it eventually upheld.

The health-care law requires employers with at least 50 workers to provide basic health insurance coverage.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., originally struck down Liberty's lawsuit.

"...it is simply another example of Congress’s longstanding authority to regulate employee compensation offered and paid for by employers in interstate commerce," the appeals court wrote.

The court announced last week that it will also hear a case challenging Obamacare's requirement that employers provide health insurance that includes contraception.

For more on the Supreme Court's moves today, see Robert Barnes's recap.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · December 2, 2013