WASHINGTON, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), deeply involved in challenging ObamaCare, said today it is disappointed but not surprised the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by Virginia to expedite its lawsuit challenging ObamaCare.
"It is disappointing but not surprising that the Supreme Court failed to fast track this ObamaCare challenge," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which is challenging ObamaCare with its own federal lawsuit. "It's unfortunate the high court failed to expedite the case since this issue is of the utmost importance and that time is of the essence in resolving the constitutionality of ObamaCare. It's disappointing, but not surprising since the Supreme Court rarely steps in to expedite a case. We remain confident, however, that this flawed health care law will ultimately be declared unconstitutional after winding its way through the normal appeals process. At the end of the day, we believe ObamaCare will be rejected by the high court."
The ACLJ is challenging ObamaCare with its own federal lawsuit and has filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after a federal district court dismissed the suit. In its lawsuit, the ACLJ argues that Congress does not have the power under the Constitution to require Americans to purchase health insurance and that the mandate also violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
In addition, the ACLJ has filed an amicus brief on behalf of 28 members of Congress and more than 70,000 Americans supporting the Commonwealth of Virginia's lawsuit challenging the mandate in federal court in Richmond. The ACLJ also has filed an amicus brief on behalf of 63 members of Congress and more than 70,000 Americans supporting the lawsuit brought by 26 states in the federal court in Florida.
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C. The ACLJ is online at www.aclj.org.
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