The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to immediately hear a legal challenge to President Obama’s health care reform bill without allowing the appeals court to hear the case first:

The Supreme Court rejected a call Monday from Virginia’s attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the health care law on a fast track. Instead, judicial review of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation will continue in federal appeals courts.

Only rarely, in wartime or a constitutional crisis, does the court step into a legal fight before the issues are aired in appellate courts. Hearings already are scheduled in May and June in three appeals courts.

The case still could reach the high court in time for a decision by early summer 2012.

Virginia’s case is one of several legal challenges to the law that have been filed.

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