In the wake of the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul being ruled unconstitutional last week, 28 Republican governors are now urging the president to press for the fast-tracking of the relevant appeals to the Supreme Court.
In a letter to the president, the governors write: “We respectfully ask that you direct the United States Department of Justice to support an expedited appellate process for each case to reach the United States Supreme Court as soon as possible in order to resolve the significant constitutional issues presented, which we all agree are of national importance.”
The governors indicate their request for expedited review takes no position on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare,” but seeks only to obtain the high court’s final determination without going through what could be a long process of appeals.
The letter tells Obama:
Given the daunting and costly financial and regulatory burdens that our states and the private sector will face in implementing PPACA over the coming years, particularly during this unprecedented budgetary time, public interest requires expediting a final resolution of the litigation to give certainty as soon as possible. We should not endure years of litigation in the circuit courts, when the Supreme Court can promptly provide finality. This resolution can help prevent the states and the private sector from undertaking potentially unnecessary measures and expenses. More importantly, our businesses, health-care providers, and citizens of our great nation need to know as soon as possible whether all or part of the law will be upheld or stricken, so they know their options and obligations.
Signing the letter were Govs. Robert Bentley of Alabama, Sean Parnell of Alaska, Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, Nathan Deal of Georgia, C.L. “Butch” Otter of Idaho, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Terry Branstad of Iowa, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Paul LePage of Maine, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, David Heineman of Nebraska, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Chris Christie of New Jersey.
It’s not just Republicans who want a quick review.
During a health-care roundtable today in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Aspen Institute, former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., indicated he would join the GOP effort if he could.
“Were I governor of Pennsylvania still, I would have joined in that because it is important to the country and important to the states that we get an expedited decision,” Rendell said.
In a telephone interview with Bloomberg News, Tracy Schmaler, a Justice spokeswoman, referred to previous statements that the Virginia lawsuit “should follow the ordinary course of allowing the court of appeals to hear it first.”