Supreme Court Will Not Bypass Lower Courts To Review Obamacare
April 26, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
The Supreme Court has denied a request to expedite the judicial process and review a Federal court decision that ruled President Barack Obama's healthcare law unConstitutional.
It was the second time that the nation's highest court has rejected a request by opponents of Obamacare to bypass the appeals courts. FOX News reports that the issue will likely go in front of the Supreme Court by this time next year. In the meantime, the matter will go to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.
In December, Virginia Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most Americans to purchase healthcare insurance or face fines, is unConstitutional. The Obama administration has since appealed the ruling.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who asked the Supreme Court to intervene before the 4th Circuit, said that he was disappointed by the latest news. He believes that the "crippling and costly" effects of Obamacare warrant an expedited process.
"This case's logical end point is the Supreme Court," Cuccinelli said in a statement, quoted by the media outlet. "It will simply have to make its way through the 4th Circuit first."
In February, Judge C. Roger Vinson of Florida ruled that the entire healthcare law is unConstitutional. Vinson's decision has been challenged by Obama and will be sent to the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta.