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Monday, December 23, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Judge rules against Notre Dame in health care suit"

Madeline Buckley of the South Bend Tribune reports this afternoon in a story, complete with a copy of the ND Ind. opinion, that begins:

SOUTH BEND — A federal judge has denied Notre Dame’s request for relief from parts of the Affordable Care Act regarding contraceptive coverage, writing that the university wants to "eat its cake and have it still."

The university filed a second lawsuit earlier this month that challenged the constitutionality of portions of the federal health care law, arguing that it violates Notre Dame's right to religious freedom in its provisions regarding coverage for contraceptives.

It asked a judge for an injunction that would exempt them from law when the new health care plans take effect at the start of 2014.

But U.S. District Judge Philip P. Simon wrote in an order filed Friday that as the law reads now, the university is free to opt out of paying for the coverage itself but can't stop anyone else from providing it.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 23, 2013 05:43 PM
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