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CUA Law professor Mark Rienzi is in demand to discuss the upcoming oral arguments before SCOTUS in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, a case challenging the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act. See below. 
 

Little Sisters at Supreme Court (Courtesy Becket Fund)

Justices hear case of feds 'hijacking' nuns

From: WND
Date: March 23
By: Bob Unruh

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Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund and lead Becket attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor, argued the government “has many ways to deliver its services without using the Little Sisters of the Poor – alternatives that it says are as easy to use as shopping on Amazon or Kayak, and which it has already extended to millions of Americans.”

“Yet the government admitted today that it is forcing the sisters to violate their sincerely held beliefs,” Rienzi said. “That’s wrong and unnecessary. As Paul Clement said in concluded oral argument today, the Little Sisters are happy to be conscientious objectors, but they can’t agree to be conscientious collaborators.”
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ObamaCare returns to Supreme Court

From: MSN
Date: March 23
By: Peter Sullivan

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In Hobby Lobby, you didn't have the exchanges up and running, said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The administration argues the exchanges are not a good alternative because that option would be forcing employees to give up the health benefits from their job and pay the cost of a policy.

Zubik v. Burwell is the fourth Supreme Court case involving ObamaCare. Two of those cases involved challenges that in some way involved the exchanges. Rienzi argues that, because the administration won those cases, it should lean on the exchanges it fought so hard to create.

They won, he said. They have to take yes for an answer and use the system they created.
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ObamaCare returns to Supreme Court, as religious charities fight contraception mandate

From: Fox News
Date: March 22, 2016
By Bill Mears
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"The government demands that the Little Sisters of the Poor sign a permission slip for abortion drugs and contraceptives, or pay of millions in fines" for non-compliance, said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the group representing the nuns. "The sisters believe that doing that violates their faith, and that they shouldn't be forced to divert funds from the poor, elderly and dying people they've devoted their lives to serve."
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Scalia's death could affect politically tinged cases

From: Associated Press
Date: March 20, 2016
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Mark Rienzi, a Washington lawyer who represents the faith-based groups, said the case for the challengers is even stronger than it was in Hobby Lobby.
The health care exchanges that provide subsidized insurance for millions of Americans were not yet up and running when the Hobby Lobby case wound through the courts. Now, Rienzi said, women who want contraceptives and cannot get them from employers have an option. "There's no reason at all that the government can't have people get it on the exchanges," he said.
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Scalia death a blow to Obamacare contraception challengers

From: Reuters
Date: March 20, 2016
By Lawrence Hurley
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"The idea that the government doesn't have some other way to do this is really a pretty silly argument," said Mark Rienzi, a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters.
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Obamacare To Go Before Supreme Court Again This Week

 

From: The Daily Caller
Date: March 20, 2016
By Casey Harper 
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“The Little Sisters spend their lives taking care of the elderly poor—that is work our government should applaud, not punish,” Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor, said in a statement. “The Little Sisters should not have to fight their own government to get an exemption it has already given to thousands of other employers, including Exxon, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, and Boeing. Nor should the government be allowed to say that the Sisters aren’t ‘religious enough’ to merit the exemption that churches and other religious ministries have received.”
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Mark Rienzi  

Professor Mark L. Rienzi's
Areas of Expertise

Religious Liberty

Free Speech

Abortion

Fourteenth Amendment

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