Bentley pushes for fast resolution on healthcare lawsuits
Gov. Robert Bentley joined 27 other Republican governors in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to direct the U.S. Department of Justice to push for an expedited appeals process for the pending lawsuits challenging the healthcare program passed by Congress. They want the decision to reach the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as possible.
As Bentley points out, federal judges in Virginia and Florida have ruled parts of the law unconstitutional in recent weeks. Other federal judges have disagreed.
"It 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. "I 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."
The governors believe a resolution to the lawsuits would help prevent states and the private sector from undertaking potentially unnecessary measures and expenses.
Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will be fully implemented by 2014, in March of 2010.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen