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Va. delegate joins Liberty University lawsuit on federal health care bill

Anita Kumar

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Campbell) has joined Liberty University in a lawsuit challenging the federal health care legislation that it filed just before midnight last night.

Liberty University, the private Virginia school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, calls itself the largest and fastest-growing Christian university in the world. The Lynchburg-based school enrolls more than 50,000 students.

"We view the government's actions this week as a frontal attack on the liberties and freedoms guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution,'' chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said. "Liberty University is determined to defend its students, faculty and staff against this massive expansion of government that is arrogantly being imposed on the nation against the will of the people in violation of Constitutional principles."

Liberty officials argue that the university, which is self-insured, will be forced to pay a fee for each covered employee, spouse and dependent and "face many other burdensome, costly, and unnecessary regulations." They say they are also concerned that "the government takeover of the student loan industry, included in the reconciliation bill, will negatively impact its students."

Byron did not immediately return a call for comment. The lawsuit plaintiffs include other individuals, including Lynchburg City Council Member Jeff Helgeson, and organizations but Liberty is the lead plantiff.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a lawsuit yesterday. Liberty's suit names the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, and the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder..

By Anita Kumar  |  March 24, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Ken Cuccinelli  
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Ah Liberty University, you always give me a good laugh on my way down 460.

Posted by: RosslynSack | March 24, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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