Va. pushes anew on US health care review

The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 22, 2011; 11:42 AM

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's attorney general says the state's challenge of the nation's health care law should go directly to the Supreme Court because delaying the state-federal dispute creates "crippling uncertainty."

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli responded Monday to the Obama administration's arguments that Virginia should not be allowed to leapfrog the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in its challenge of the health care law. Virginia released its reply brief to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The Obama administration contends a judge's ruling striking down the centerpiece of the health care law should first be heard on the appellate level.

Cuccinelli said delaying the dispute burdens the states. Judges have offered varying rulings on the law, and a federal appeals court in Atlanta is considering a Florida judge's challenge of it.

© 2011 The Associated Press