Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Virginia hospitals brought a message to policymakers in Richmond Wednesday. “Please be mindful of the impact decisions have on patients access to health care and health care providers – health care is not a free market.”
Toni R. Ardabell, Chief Executive Officer at Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Toni R. Ardabell, Chief Executive Officer at Bon Secours Virginia Health System reiterated the message to policymakers to “do no harm.”
“Do no harm to our healthcare system that employs 1000s. Hold off on policy [in Richmond] as we see what happens in Washington, DC.”
Recently released data from Virginia Hospitals show that 27 percent of Virginia’s acut
From Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s facebook page:
The United States Supreme Court Justices met last Friday to discuss whether or not to grant Virginia’s request to expedite our healthcare case directly to the Supreme Court – thereby bypassing the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Virginia, along with many other states and companies, has been left with great uncertainty regarding the healthcare bill. Virginia alone is spending millions of dollars preparing to implement the bill – despite the fact that if Virginia’s legal challenge succeeds, the bill may well be stricken before it is ever fully implemented.
The Supreme Court did not make an announcement [Monday] on whether or not it was going to expedite the case. Instead, they relisted the case on their docket for this Friday, April 22nd.
What does that mean?
It means that they haven’t rejected our request – yet. Remember, requests to expedite are infrequently granted. However, it also probably means that one or more of the Justices want more time to consider the question. It also means that there appears at least to be interest in the petition at the court, which is itself encouraging. If my numbers are right, over 90% of petitions addressed in these conferences are summarily rejected because no Justice has any interest in them. So, the fact that the Justices didn’t summarily dismiss our petition is itself interesting and at least modestly encouraging (hopefully not in the vein of what your mother told you growing up: “the worst thing they can do is ignore you”… of course, my mother has never filed a petition with the Supreme Court).
Generally speaking, we would expect an opinion issued Monday the 25th; however, it is Easter weekend, so I don’t know if that will have an impact on timing, but I’ll let you know as soon as we find out!
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: attorney_general, cuccinelli, health, lawsuit