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Supreme Court turns down Virginia’s health-care case request

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request from Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) to expedite review of the state’s challenge to the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

The decision was widely expected and means the case will proceed through the normal appellate process, including oral arguments in May.

Cuccinelli called the decision “disappointing but not surprising.”

In a statement, he said, “We asked the United States Supreme Court for expedited review of our lawsuit because Virginia and other states are already spending huge sums to implement their portions of the health care act, businesses are already making decisions about whether to cut or keep employee health plans, and citizens are in limbo until the Supreme Court rules. Asking the court to expedite our lawsuit was about removing this crippling and costly uncertainty as quickly as possible. We were gratified that both Republicans and Democrats in Virginia supported the effort to expedite.”

Read more here from Supreme Court reporter Bob Barnes.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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