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Health Care

Supreme Court Mum On Virginia's Challenge To Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although the state of Virginia has asked for its lawsuit challenging the federal health care law to go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court, the high court on April 15 took no action on the request, the Associated Press has reported.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in February said he would file a motion to bypass an appeals court after he won a federal judge's ruling in December against the health care law's requirement that most Americans buy health insurance.

The case was scheduled to be discussed at the Supreme Court's conference on Friday, but there was no announcement about the case when the court convened on Monday, April 18, the AP said.

The justices meet again on Friday, April 22, to discuss pending cases. The Justice Department is appealing the Virginia decision, saying the challenge should follow the usual path through an appeals court.

Challenges to the law are expected to wind up before the high court at some point.