Rendell says Democrats should join Republican call for quick Supreme Court review of health care law
Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (D) says Democrats should sign on to a Republican request for expedited Supreme Court review of constitutional challenges to the federal health care law.
At a Health Care Reform Roundtable in Washington, sponsored by the Aspen Institute, Rendell said he would have signed a letter penned by 28 governors to President Obama Wednesday morning, asking that the Supreme Court take the cases immediately to end legal uncertainty over the sweeping federal law.
"Were I governor of Pennsylvania still, I would have joined in that because it is important to the country and important to the states that we get an expedited decision," Rendell said, in comments that were immediately seized on by Republicans who have been pushing for the expedited review and circulated by the Republican Governors Association.
Rendell's comments came during a debate with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).
Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Tuesday formally petitioned the nation's highest court to take up the case immediately, a decision which would bypass review by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Federal judges have issued conflicting rulings in four cases. Judges weighing the Virginia suit and a case filed jointly by 26 states in Florida have ruled a key plank of the law unconstitutional. Two other judges have said the law is constitutional.
Legal experts have said it is extremely unlikely that the Supreme Court will take up the case before lower court appeals have concluded and the Justice Department is opposed to bypassing appellate courts.
U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) meanwhile wants Congress to urge for expedited legal review as well.
According to his office, Forbes has introduced a resolution that would put Congress on record as supporting expedited review of challenges to the sweeping federal health care overhaul pending in Virginia and Florida.
Rosalind S. Helderman
| February 9, 2011; 5:26 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman
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