Virginia's attorney general said he will request an immediate review by the U.S. Supreme Court of his state's constitutional challenge to the Obama administration's health care law.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Thursday he plans to file a motion to bypass an appeals court.
"Given the uncertainty caused by the divergent rulings of the various district courts on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we feel that it is necessary to seek resolution of this issue as quickly as possible," he said in a statement.
The request comes after the commonwealth won a federal judge's ruling in December against the law's requirement that most Americans must buy health insurance.
Cucinelli says states should be spared from the expenses of a law that could be ruled unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is appealing Virginia's decision. Department officials say the challenge needs to follow the normal path through an appeals court.