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Chief Justice Roberts Refuses Doctors' Request to Block Obamacare

| by Allison Geller

Chief Justice John Roberts struck down a group of doctors' request to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Huffington Post reported via the Associated Press that the Supreme Court refused the emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural Health USA.

On Friday, the medical professionals asked Justice Roberts to block the law temporarily, arguing that it had been passed incorrectly by Congress. Revenue-raising bills are supposed to originate in the House, while Obamacare began in the Senate. They also said the national healthcare legislation’s doctor registration requirements will impede the treatment of Medicare-eligible patients by non-Medicare doctors.

Justice Roberts refused the request on Monday, adding no comment about his decision. Roberts wrote the majority opinion that upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in the landmark 2012 Supreme Court case, making him the enemy of many ACA opponents.

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The conservative-leaning Association of American Physicians and Surgeons generally advocates having patients pay directly for medical care without the help of insurance. It filed a similar lawsuit in October, calling the law unconstitutional since the provision requiring employers with a certain number of workers to offer coverage was postponed until 2015, forcing individuals to spend more on their premiums without the guarantee of insurance by their employers. It argued that the separation violated the 10th amendment and separation of powers.

Religious groups have also cried foul to certain Obamacare mandates; namely, the requirement that they provide emergency contraception, prohibited by the Catholic church, or face large fines. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary stay of enforcement of contraceptive requirements for certain Catholic groups.

Sources: Huffington Post, New York TimesSan Diego Union-Tribune, Fox News