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Obama wants health care reform appeals to be heard

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It is a new talking point for Republicans across the country hoping to overturn the controversial health care reform act. Nearly 30 governors and several attorneys general, including Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli have asked for challenges to the law to be sent straight to the Supreme Court to decide, bypassing federal appellate courts.

In our exclusive interview with Barack Obama, the president revealed that he believes the appeal courts are there for a reason and the many different challenges should work their way through the traditional process.

“Typically what the Supreme Court Will does is it will go up to the appellate court, and the appellate court compiles a record, they hear all the arguments and then they send it to the Supreme Court,” said Mister Obama. “There is no reason why this can’t go through the normal process.”

Obama cited the many different cases in many different states that have reached a variety of conclusions. He made the case that the appeals process could streamline the case and make it manageable for the Supreme Court to decide.

Here is his full answer to my question:

Governor Bob McDonnell, who was one of the first people to call for the challenge to move directly to the Supreme Court, strongly disagrees. He responded emphatically to the President’s take on the issue.

Don’t forget tonight on NBC12 News at 11, we will have a full recap of my interview with the President. Including topics that have not yet been revealed.  We will also hear more from Governor McDonnell and Rep. Cantor, who reacted strongly to the President’s words.

Written by Ryan Nobles

February 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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