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WH Ready for New Healthcare Law Hearing

The White House is prepared for a new case in the U.S. Supreme Court against the 2010 healthcare law, Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said in Wednesday filing the government will not oppose any legal proceeding brought forth by Liberty University against the law’s individual mandate, requiring citizens to purchase health insurance..

Liberty filed the lawsuit claiming the healthcare law violates the First Amendment ban on obstructing free exercise of religion through forcing citizens to purchase insurance that subsidizes abortion, as well as the law’s exemptions for some religions.

According to Stempel’s story, the university also claims the law breaches equal protection clause and gives Congress excessive power of taxation and commerce regulation.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. originally ruled in September 2011 it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case and the Supreme Court upheld that ruling June 28 of this year.

Verrilli said in his filing the 4th Circuit never considered that lawsuit’s merits.

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