Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans thought it would be instructive to hear from McDonnell about how the health care law is affecting individual states. McDonnell -- who is also the vice president of the Republican Governors Association -- says President Obama's administration has often ignored the impact the law is having on state governments.
McDonnell opposed the health care law, and Virginia is continuing to challenge it in court. In December a federal judge ruled in favor of the Commonwealth's argument that Congress overstepped its bounds by passing an individual insurance mandate.
The U.S. Justice Department is appealing the decision, and Virginia's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite review of the case.