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The unusual request comes three days after a Florida judge struck down the law over concerns about its requirement that people buy health insurance. A Virginia judge had earlier ruled that the so-called individual mandate was unconstitutional, though that judge did not invalidate the entire law.
The Department of Justice is appealing both rulings to the federal appeals courts. But Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he thinks the legal dispute has become so important that the Supreme Court should take it up immediately.
He said Virginia is spending between $20 million and $30 million just preparing to implement the law and needs to know whether it will all be for naught.