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Supreme Court Rejects Health-Care Case

The Supreme Court health-care showdown will have to wait: The nation’s highest court has declined to consider an early legal challenge to the federal health-care overhaul until the case has been fully litigated in the lower courts. Since the contentious law was passed, a few district courts have ruled on the sticky issue of whether or not Congress had the authority to pass the “individual mandate.” Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli went a step further, though, and asked the Supreme Court for an early review, which would bypass the appeals circuit entirely. The Supreme Court has now rejected the request. However, this is fairly standard, as the court hardly ever agrees to hear cases before the lower appeals courts have a chance to rule on it first.