Bentley: Healthcare lawsuits should go to high court

Published 8:16 pm Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gov. Robert Bentley joined 27 other Republican governors this week to send a letter to President Obama requesting him to direct the U.S. Department of Justice to support an expedited appellate process for the pending healthcare lawsuits to reach the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as possible.
Federal judges in Virginia and Florida in recent weeks have ruled parts of the law unconstitutional.
β€œIt is important for businesses and health care providers in Alabama to know whether all or part of this law will be upheld in order for them to know their legal responsibilities,” Bentley said. β€œI join my other Republican colleagues and call on the president to take swift action and allow this process to reach the Supreme Court as quickly as possible.”
President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March of 2010. By law, it will be fully implemented by 2014.
In the letter to the president, the governors asked only for a final determination from the Supreme Court and not a review position. A resolution will help prevent states and the private sector from undertaking potentially unnecessary measures and expenses.