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Supreme Court Rejects Fast-Track for Health Reform Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Virginia's bid to fast-track its lawsuit against the federal health reform law. Without elaboration, the high court rejected commonwealth...
April 26, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Virginia's bid to fast-track its lawsuit against the federal health reform law. Without elaboration, the high court rejected commonwealth Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's petition that it take on the case for expedited review, bypassing the federal appellate level. Cuccinelli said he was disappointed, but not surprised.

The Obama administration is appealing U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's December ruling that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate to obtain insurance coverage was unconstitutional; he did not reject the entire act. That case was brought under a Virginia law claiming that such a mandate would be an invalid extension of federal authority.

Several federal trial judges around the nation have upheld the law, but others have declared it unconstitutional on the grounds Congress overstepped its authority in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty. After the appeals courts have ruled, the legal battle is expected to return to the Supreme Court.

Read why the justices won't rush healthcare ruling in Supreme Court Won't Expedite Health Law Ruling (Business Insurance 4/25/2011)

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