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Sen. Nelson calls today's health care vote 'largely symbolic,' urges quick Supreme Court review



Sen. Bill Nelson is on the Senate floor right now introducing a resolution for Congress to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to quickly take up the dispute over the health care law.

“The vote to repeal health care is largely symbolic, because the Supreme Court is going to have to be the one to decide this matter,” Nelson said in a statement that anticipates the 5 p.m. vote. “We ought to do the right thing and ask the High Court to rule quickly so we don’t keep arguing over this for the next several years.”

But Nelson's resolution is symbolic, too. Congress can direct the high court which kind of cases it can pursue but not that it must hear a specific case (background from PolitiFact). And does the Supreme Court need to be reminded that a massive constitutional decision is at its doorstep?

Nelson did speak to the merits of the law, saying parts can be changed but it should not be repealed, citing money to close the prescription drug gap for seniors, and reports that the reforms will cut the deficit.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 2:47pm]


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