Va. seeks review of health-care lawsuit
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) announced Thursday that he will seek immediate review by the U.S. Supreme Court of the state's constitutional challenge to the federal health-care overhaul, a rare legal request to bypass the appellate court and ask for early intervention from the nation's highest court.
A U.S. District Court judge in Virginia ruled in December that it is unconstitutional to require individuals to purchase health insurance, as envisioned in the law. The federal government appealed and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case in May. Lawyers for the Justice Department will probably fight Cuccinelli's motion to skip appellate review.
Earlier this week, a federal judge in Florida followed suit, ruling the law unconstitutional in a suit filed jointly by 26 states. In other cases, two other federal judges have said the law is constitutional.
Read more about Cuccinelli's decision to seek immediate Supreme Court review on Virginia's health-care lawsuit on the Virginia Politics blog.
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