Appeals court expedites hearing of Virginia’s health care lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday granted a joint motion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the federal government to expedite the hearing of Virginia’s suit against the federal health-care law.

The case is tentatively scheduled for hearing sometime between May 10 and 13. The joint motion replaces a briefing order previously issued by the court.

“Right now, there is a great deal of uncertainty for states, individuals, and businesses. Major decisions are already being made and money is already being spent to comply with a law that may not be around two years from now. We need this suit resolved as quickly as possible, for the good of our citizens and our economy,” Cuccinelli said.

Cuccinelli is still weighing whether or not to request that the U.S. Supreme Court take the case directly and skip the Fourth Circuit altogether.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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