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U.S. Supreme Court: Va.'s Health Care Suit Can't Be Expedited

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli requested the expedited appeals process when the federal government appealed District Court Judge Henry Hudson's decision against the new law in December.

Brian Gottstein, Cuccinelli's communications director, says a faster resolution to this legal dispute would have saved everyone money.

"States like Virginia are spending huge sums of money to implement portions of health care act now -- an act which might be around a year or two from now," he says.

Even so, Gottstein says the Attorney General's Office is disappointed, but not surprised by the Supreme Court's rejection of an expedited appeals process.

George Washington Law Professor Peter Smith says opponents of the health care law likely aren't just worried about saving states' money.

"I think there's reason to suspect that opponents of the health care law would like the Supreme Court to be considering, or be likely to decide this question in the middle of the 2012 presidential campaign," he says.

Smith says even without the expedited process, it's possible that the Supreme Court will be considering Virginia's challenge to the health care law in the midst of next year's election campaign anyway, but an expedited process would have ensured that.

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