The Supreme Court on Monday took no action on Virginia’s request that it immediately review the nation’s health-care overhaul law.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II had asked the court to fast-track consideration of the constitutionality of the law and skip the normal process of waiting until appeals courts had considered the issue.
The court’s docket indicated the justices would consider the issue at their private conference last Friday, but Monday’s orders from the court did not indicate whether they had considered Cuccinelli’s request.
Federal judges in Virginia have reached conflicting conclusions on the law: a Democratic-appointed judge in one part of the state said Congress was within its power to pass the sweeping overhaul of health-care and a Republican-appointed judge in another part said it had overreached.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond is scheduled to hear appeals of those decisions on May 10.