Lynchburg, VA – President Obama’s administration has temporarily exempted the United Federation of Teachers, a key political backer of President Obama from certain provisions of the healthcare law. In all, 29 firms received a temporary exemption, including McDonald’s and Jack in the Box.
These temporary exemptions relieve these firms from new healthcare standards that are being imposed on countless other companies around the nation. The fact that these waivers needed to be issued in the first place is an admission by the federal government that the healthcare legislation from Congress and the President has a negative effect on businesses in this country.
Liberty Counsel represents Liberty University and several individuals in a lawsuit challenging the law that was filed on the same day that the law was signed by President Obama. A hearing on the case is set for October 22 before federal district Judge Norman Moon in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian university, has not been given an exemption from the healthcare law. It is fundamentally unfair that Liberty University will be excluded from any kind of exemption while a select group of companies will receive special treatment. The temporary exemption was given because the Obama Administration knew the burdensome impact that would have been placed upon these companies on the eve of the November election.
Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “The Obama healthcare law is bad for business and the economy. The healthcare law is the most expansive invasion of personal liberty since the New Deal. I am confident that Congress lacks the authority to mandate the purchase of health insurance. It is only a matter of time before this law is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.”