Liberty University will be allowed to appeal Obamacare's individual mandate and a mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for workers, the Supreme Court decided on Monday. "The court on Monday ordered the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to consider the claim by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that Obama's health care law violates the school's religious freedoms," reports the AP, which adds that the Obama administration said it did not oppose Liberty's request.
Of course, that might mean Obama's camp feels pretty confident that this will get struck down. But that's for the court to decide and whatnot. Regardless of the verdict, the decision today grants a new hearing and stems from a decision last year when a federal judge rejected Liberty's litigation because it was premature and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the case because the court said it lacked jurisdiction. "[T]he university asked for a rehearing, saying that because the 4th Circuit was wrong to decide it lacked jurisdiction, its decision should be thrown out, and a new lawsuit should proceed. The Supreme Court's order on Monday allows that to happen," reports Reuters.
It's a big week for the Court, with the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) set for petitions on Friday, reports SCOTUSblog.