Monday, April 25, 2011

Governor disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court decision not to expedite health care lawsuit

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this morning following news that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant Virginia’s request for an expedited review of its constitutional challenge of the federal health care law.

“I am disappointed by the Supreme Court’s refusal to expedite the appeals of the federal health care law. The high court will undoubtedly become the venue for determining if the requirement for every citizen to purchase health insurance violates the Constitution. It would serve all sides better if that determination could be made sooner rather than later.

The court’s refusal to hear this case now will force states and businesses to incur increased costs and expend significant effort to begin preparations necessary to ensure compliance with this law, which ultimately may be ruled unconstitutional.

Supporters and opponents of this law should agree on one thing, we need a definitive answer to its constitutionality so that we can move forward in the appropriate manner.

While it is rare for the Supreme Court to expedite appeals, and therefore today’s decision is not a surprise, this decision nonetheless delays the inevitable and will ultimately impact taxpayers and states as they struggle to understand and come into compliance with the sweeping changes of this fundamentally flawed legislation. I am grateful that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is moving quickly to resolve the appeal so it can proceed to the Supreme Court.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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