Senator seeks expedited Supreme Court review of health care law
February 2nd, 2011
05:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Senator seeks expedited Supreme Court review of health care law

(CNN) - A Democratic senator who faces a potentially tough re-election battle in a political swing state wants the Senate to approve a non-binding resolution urging the U.S. Supreme Court to decide quickly if the new health care law is constitutional.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who voted for the law when it was approved last year, announced his proposal Wednesday as the Senate debated a Republican resolution to repeal the health care law, which gets mixed reviews in opinion polls. Reflecting the deep divisions over the issue, the repeal is expected to fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate but it easily passed the Republican-led House last month.

Various lower courts have issued competing rulings about the law – in particular, whether its requirement that people buy health insurance violates the Constitution. It is expected the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case at some point.

"Why don't we expedite that?" Nelson asked on the Senate floor Wednesday. "Why don't we express our intent to have an expedited review by the Supreme Court?"

"Its passage might prevent people from arguing back and forth over this law for the next several years and everybody in this country that's going to be affected would have an answer and they deserve an answer," Nelson said.

If the court upholds the law, it could provide political cover for Nelson against critics of the law in his state as he seeks a third term next year.

It couldn't be determined if Senate Democratic leaders would schedule a vote on the resolution.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rickster

    Nelson is a weasel. He wants the SC hearing fast-tracked so that he doesn't have to vote on Obama's boondoggle bill again and face the wrath of his constituents. Bye-bye, Bill. Time to elect another Tea Party candidate down there.

    February 2, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Tish

    What happened to CREATING JOBS!!! What happened to CUTTING SPENDING!!! Why are they focused on this? It's here to stay so they need to deal with it

    February 2, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Monster Zero

    Nelson is toast in Florida come election time, DONE. I believe people are waking up to these long term gas bags, living the high life off our working backs (or mostly unemployed backs now). Two terms is enough for anyone and anyone that continues to put these clowns back in office for longer deserves the corruption they get. First term a zealot, second term corrupted by the money, they serve their lobbyist groups and special interest masters and have completely forgotten what is good for the well being of our Nation.

    February 2, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Excellent idea! The quicker they kill this bill because of constitutional problems the quicker we can get on to real health care reform that doesn't increase costs and doesn't kill our already over-burdened economy. We can do much better.

    February 2, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    If the senate can't repeal the monster healthcare takeover, at least the public will know who voted for this disaster. 2012 isn't far away and the dems have a lot of senators coming up for reelection.

    February 2, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Judy

    What's next, asking the Supreme Court to invalidate Obama's election win and rule that McCain won?

    February 2, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. T

    For those who is for repeal......just think about it...........because the Rep, only have one motive , that is to help the insurance co., this is abount Heath Care not Heath insurance. We need this we need a change. All the Rep., are doing is waste ing alot of time because they have no ideas (jobs). They want you to think that they are doing their job, helping the American People but they are helping them and big business. So this debate will go on for the next 2 years......still they have done nothing. Don't be a fool people. Keep your eyes open. Get them out of there in 2012

    February 2, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Albo58

    Start packing, Bill! Your solid record of voting for EVERY Dimwit bill over the last several years to include, Stimulus, Tarp, Obamacare, and the Dream Act, has sealed your fate. Just ask Alan Boyd and Charlie Crist if Florida voters have had enough!

    February 2, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. 100% ETH

    You will be treated according to your contributions to America.
    (#1 health care slogan).

    Comparing the HOMELESS person and the CONGRESS/SENATOR person who have the same injuries, but...

    February 2, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    Thank God it failed! Now let's get back to work on jobs! The right is also getting strung out on the social issues which they said they would not do. Who the heck voted for these crazies?

    February 2, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    Why don't you clowns EXPEDITE a bill to help create JOBS?

    February 2, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Sam Sixpack

    It is hard to imagine how any civil liberties could remain under a government that dictates how and when individuals will spend their money. Would your sole remaining right be to do what you are told? Maybe that would be a good thing, however, it wouldn't look much like freedom.

    My son is on Medicaid. In our area, the government has set up a big non-profit umbrella organization to provide Medicaid health care. Unfortunately, the one size fits all solution for my son's condition doesn't fit. So, we pay cash to visit a doctor who prescribes the medications my son actually needs.

    Now, instead of the life expectancy of 55 years (the government plan), he is a full-time college student with a very real potential to become self-supporting and outlive me.

    I know, I know, Medicaid can't pay for exotic treatments. Well, the treatment the government offers costs twice as much as his private treatment. Go figure. BTW, the Big Wheels at the umbrella organization KEEP the Medicaid money. I’m sure they have nice cars and houses.

    Anyway, if you do actually get your dreamy Obamacare, you will then get to tell your own horror story about paying all you can afford for medical treatment you will never receive.

    Wake up! It isn't just Republicans who know how to lie. Obamacare is a lie.

    February 2, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. Marko

    The republicans always have a scheme. They just can't discuss things. Compromise is a dirty word. They act just like the spoiled little rich brats that they are. If they can't get what they want the right way, then the wrong way is justified because little William is so special that he deserves it soooo much. Wealthy brat behavior. Wrapping themselves in their giant egos and material status symbols. Legal crooks, all of them.

    February 2, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Marko

    Not to mention, but does this guy look like he just walked out of the "Night Of The Living Dead" movie or what.

    February 2, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |