April 26, 2011
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider an early challenge to the federal health-care law, allowing appeals courts to hear arguments first over the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s signature legislative achievement.
The justices, without comment, rejected Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for early Supreme Court review. The move wasn’t a surprise because the court rarely agrees to hear cases directly after rulings by federal district courts.
“Expediting our case would have been the exception and so, although disappointing, this is not surprising,” Mr. Cuccinelli said in a statement.