RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general has formally
asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his challenge of a key
portion of the Obama administration's health care reform law.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office said Wednesday it filed
a petition late Tuesday to leapfrog an appeals court review
scheduled for May. Cuccinelli had announced his intention to seek
the review last week.
He says it makes sense for the nation's highest court to
consider the challenge to spare states and the private sector
expenses related to a law, which he says could be declared
But the Justice Department says the Virginia challenge should
first be heard by an appeals court because it's based on a state
law. The department says there's sufficient time for the case to
work its way up to the Supreme Court.
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