Follow up on the previous healthcare article...
Virginia's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to bypass a federal appellate court and review the commonwealth's lawsuit against Obama's health care law as soon as possible, but it's likely to be rejected.
"This is an extraordinary remedy but it is a case that fits their qualifications," Cuccinelli said in an interview with FOX News. But his argument probably won't sway the justices.
Cuccinelli, who's not one to shy away from the spotlight, has floated the idea of actually bypassing the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals since he filed the suit last year, perhaps in the hopes he could cement his commonwealth's place in history.
And while he is very much within his rights to file the petition, late last year the justices denied without comment a nearly identical request in a health care challenge from California. As far as the high court is likely concerned, little has changed in the past couple of months (for health care insurance) for the justices to change their minds.
The Supreme Court is the final appellate review. It relies upon the ruling of not just the trial court but weighs heavily the decisions of the court of appeals to frame the cases it hears and the outcomes it reaches.
Even the trial judges don't see a need for speed for health care, despite having ruled the law violates the U.S. Constitution.
Judge Henry Hudson in this particular case and Judge Roger Vinson, who ruled similarly in case in which Florida and 25 other states challenged the federal law, both decided against squashing provisions in the bill while the case is appealed.
Hudson noted that most of the bill's controversial provisions - including the individual mandate - kick in in 2014, and that is a long time away.