State AG expects Supreme Court to take up healthcare challenge

One of the attorneys general who is a party to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently-passed healthcare reform overhaul said Tuesday he expects it to reach the Supreme Court.

In an interview on MSNBC, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) said that he believes the challenge filed Tuesday will reach the nation's highest court as soon as a year from now.

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"We filed it in the Northern District of Florida...We expect it will go onto the 11th Circuit and on to the Supreme Court," he said. "That takes a while, probably 12 to 18 months but I think it would go all the way."

The 13 Republican attorneys general, led by Florida AG Bill McCollum, filed the suit the same day President Barack Obama passed the healthcare bill into law.

Bruning's words suggest that should the district court find that the bill does not violates the constitution, they would appealed the decision until it reaches the high court. 

But if the lower court finds that it does violate the Constitution, supporters of the new law would likely challenge the result as well.

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