The Supreme Court refused a request by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to fast-track review of Obamacare. That means no case relating to the dreadful law will be heard by the SCOTUS for more than a year. AP reported that there’s no indication Justice Elana Kagan, who served as counsel to the White House when the law was passed, recused herself.
The justices turned down a request by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a leading opponent of the law, to resolve questions about its constitutionality quickly. The Obama administration opposed Cuccinelli’s plea.
Only rarely, in wartime or a constitutional crisis, does the court step into a legal fight before the issues are aired in appellate courts. Hearings already are scheduled in May and June in three appeals courts.
The case still could reach the high court in time for a decision by early summer 2012.
Cuccinelli said he asked for speedy review to end “crippling and costly uncertainty” about the law.
“Expediting our case would have been the exception and so, although disappointing, this is not surprising,” he said…
It is disappointing, as the uncertainty continues and states will still face the costs of implementing the law’s provisions. On the other hand, it may not be entirely bad news. The left now can’t accuse the Court of having a political agenda, and the unpopular law will remain in the spotlight throughout the upcoming election campaign. Seeing that the more we learn about Obamacare, the less there is to like about it, I doubt it’s going to increase in popularity.
Just the other day Daniel Kessler, writing in The Wall Street Journal, pointed out how the law discourages work, and encourages middle class families to limit their income. That’s hardly conducive to turning around an already lackluster economy.