RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The highest court in the land will not speed up the process for Virginia's challenge to the health care act. All 9 justices made the decision, but the order was issued with no recorded vote or public dissent. Which means, for Virginia, the battle now heads to an appeals court.
In December Richmond Federal Judge Henry Hudson ruled portions of President Obama's signature legislation unconstitutional.
"This case is not about health insurance. It is not about health care, it is about liberty," said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli shortly after Hudson's ruling. The feds appealed to the circuit court.
Cuccinelli argued to speed up the process because Virginia and other states are already spending huge sums of money to implement portions of the healthcare act.
In a statement issued shortly after today's decision, Cuccinelli said he was disappointed but not surprised. He said quote: "Asking the court to expedite our lawsuit was about removing this crippling and costly uncertainty as quickly as possible."
The White House has long held the position when the legal wrangling is done, this is something that will be upheld.
The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear this case in Richmond on May 10th. The Supreme Court will most likely get the case for its next annual term, which begins next October and would run through the summer of 2012.