Supreme Court Nixes Cooch Fast-Track Attempt on Health Care Challenge

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    The Kaplan Post reports, “The Supreme Court on Monday turned down Virginia’s request that it rule immediately on the constitutionality of the nation’s health-care overhaul.” That’s good and bad news. On the positive side, it’s always great to see Virginia’s out-of-control, ultra-ideological, teahadist Attorney General get stuffed, for whatever reason. On the other hand, I agree with Del. Patrick Hope, who writes on Facebook:

    The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected Virginia’s attempt to bypass intermediate appellate review of a decision that declared unconstitutional a key provision of the federal health reform law but still allowed implementation of the law. I guess we’ll have to wait another year to find out Congress acted within its constitutional powers. I wanted to get this over with too…

    Unfortunately, it appears that this thing’s going to drag on and on and on and on, for no particularly good reason as far as I can see. And, in the end, I find it hard to believe that the Supreme Court will issue any kind of broad ruling striking down the health care law, or even the so-called “individual mandate,” which was an idea coming out of the Republican Party and conservative think tanks. I mean, other than Cooch’s rantings and ravings (and contorted interpretation of the Constitution), there would be precious little legal justification for such a move. Anyway, we’ll see in due course…but that course will take a while to complete, not be rushed as some sort of emergency, as Cooch would have liked.