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Supreme Court won’t expedite review of healthcare law

The Washington Post, April 26, 2011

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down Virginia's request that it rule immediately on the constitutionality of the nation's health-care overhaul. The decision to reject Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II's request for expedited review, announced routinely without elaboration or noted dissent, is not surprising. The court rarely takes up issues that have not received a full review in the nation's appeals courts. Various challenges to the healthcare law championed by the Obama administration and passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress in 2010 are proceeding rapidly. Hearings are scheduled for next month in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, and two other appellate courts will address the issue in June.