In a widely expected move, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Virginia’s request to fast track the appeal of its Attorney General’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act this week. Had the Court granted the petition, it would have permitted the case to skip the Court of Appeals and likely would have resolved most of the pending challenges to the healthcare law. The Supreme Court has instead required the case to proceed through the normal appeal process.
The Court’s decision signals two things: First, that the Court does not view the case as having the same broad constitutional implications as the ACA’s challengers. Second, that the Court will not likely accelerate any of the state challenges to the law. The Virginia case (and presumably the other state challenges) will now proceed through the normal course and may or may not be heard by the Supreme Court at all. The 4th Circuit will hear the Virginia appeal on May 10.
Kaiser Health News runs a good “Scorecard” of the various challenges – here.