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Virginia Move Could Speed Up Supreme Court Review of Healthcare Law

Virginia said on Thursday February 3 it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, bypassing the...
February 8, 2011

Virginia said on Thursday February 3 it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, bypassing the appeals process in a rarely used move to try to speed up a definitive ruling on the year-old law. The Obama administration opposed the move and said the case should follow the regular process, which could put off until 2012 a Supreme Court ruling on the sweeping law that aims to provide more than 30 million uninsured Americans with medical coverage and cracks down on unpopular insurance industry practices.

It was unclear whether the Supreme Court, which typically prefers that cases go though the appeals court first, would grant the request. The last time it agreed to such a request was in 2002 in a case on using race in university admissions. Florida, Wisconsin and other states are refusing to continue implementing the health reform act in response to a Florida federal judge's rejection of the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.

Click here to read Virginia Requests Expedited Supreme Court Review (Insurance Journal 2/4/2011)

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