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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:45 AM
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Supreme Court declines to fast track Virginia's challenge to health care legislation
The Supreme Court has rejected a request from the state of Virginia to take up a challenge to the Obama health care law on a fast track.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli asked the court to let the state bypass the normal federal appeals process and take the case directly to the justices. While the court's rules allow for this, such a rapid review is granted only very rarely. The Justice Department opposed the request to put the case on a fast track.

The court's decision means the issue will continue working its way through the federal appeals courts. Several cases are pending, including challenges to the law from Virginia, Florida, and 25 other states.

They claim that the centerpiece of the law -- requiring virtually all Americans to buy health insurance -- is unconstitutional. Two federal judges, in Virginia and Florida, have agreed with the states.

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http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/25/6524927...
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:51 AM
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1. Well DAMN! It's about time somebody told Cuccinelli he doesn't
get his own way!

I think this is the FIRST TIME since the RW takeover of the court that they actually did something I agree with!
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Tippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:57 AM
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2. That is a bit of good news...but the spin will be different
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alc Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:32 AM
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3. this is bad news
the sooner things are resolved the better. Like it or hate it, there are constitutional issues. As long as there is uncertainty there will be states and businesses not sure what's coming. Some states are putting of implementation so 2014 could be a big mess.

Large businesses don't want to add employees without know the long term cost so the uncertainty gives them a reason to uses temps or offshore. It's true for small businesses also but they react more to immediate needs (e.g. customer demand) while large companies want to grow but are very concerned about big liability 3 to 5 years down the road. A certain small liability is preferable to an uncertain and potentially large loss or gain. Temps/contractors let you grow the business now then adjust rapidly when things change.
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