South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said she is circulating a letter among her fellow governors asking for their signatures in an effort to urge President Obama to expedite a legal case that would determine if last year’s health care reform law is constitutional
The letter asks Obama to direct his administration to “quickly file an appeal and, when they do so, that they appeal straight to the United States Supreme Court.”
Haley spoke about the letter during a Tuesday press conference, saying a few other governors have already expressed support.
If it is important enough for the President to say this is his number one agenda, then it is important enough to speed up that hearing so that the states can find out what they’re doing. Right now, our agencies are in chaos trying to get ready for something that we don’t know is going to happen.
Haley said she approves of a federal judge’s ruling Monday that the health care reform law is unconstitutional. District Judge Roger Vinson said the section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires individuals to hold a minimum amount of health insurance is a violation of the Commerce Clause, which gives Congress the power to “regulate Commerce… among the several states.”
The governor said her administration is working on several options right now- repealing the law, asking for permission to opt out, and working through the courts.
The case will likely head to a federal appeals court unless the Supreme Court intervenes. There is little doubt the case will eventually end up in the country’s top court, however.