Uncertainty will reign as Obamacare litigants slog it out in court.
Just in from the Supreme Court, there will be no fast track granted to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on his state’s constitutional challenge to the federal health care takeover:
The Supreme Court rejected a call Monday from Virginia’s attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the health care law on a fast track. Instead, judicial review of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation will continue in federal appeals courts.
The justices turned down a request by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a leading opponent of the law, to resolve questions about its constitutionality quickly. The Obama administration opposed Cuccinelli’s plea.
Only rarely, in wartime or a constitutional crisis, does the court step into a legal fight before the issues are aired in appellate courts. Hearings already are scheduled in May and June in three appeals courts.
The case still could reach the high court in time for a decision by early summer 2012.
Missouri’s Democrat attorney general is now on record opposing the unconstitutional Obamacare law.
At the state level, meanwhile, Obamacare opponents continue to gather signatures for a new round of ballot measures challenging the federal mandate.
The Ohio Liberty Council, a coalition of tea party groups, is taking on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. As with like-minded groups in other states, the council seeks to block provisions of the federal law that require individuals and companies to choose certain health insurance carriers. Under its Healthcare Freedom Amendment, such mandates would not be effective inside state borders.
Chris Littleton, interim president of the council, said Friday the group has collected 300,000 signatures toward its effort.
The South Dakota Citizens for Liberty – a Tea Party organization – has filed paperwork to put two state measures related to federal health care reform to a public vote.
The two bills were passed overwhelmingly by legislators this year and were needed to meet minimal requirements for the federal health care act, state officials say.
South Dakota Citizens for Liberty would like to see the entire health care reform act repealed.