Virginia Atty General Files Suit To Stop Health Care
March 23, 2010
By Meymo Lyons
Virginia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's health care overhaul law.
A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court immediately after President Barack Obama signed the landmark measure into law. Cuccinelli, a Republican, and other conservatives claim the law represents an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.
Attorneys general from 13 states joined to file a similar lawsuit Tuesday in Florida. Virginia's lawsuit invokes a newly signed state law that says that no resident can be compelled to have health insurance, nor can they be forced to pay a fine or penalty for refusing health coverage.
In the video below, Cuccinelli outlines his reasoning for the lawsuit:
A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.
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