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UPDATE: Cuccinelli Sues over Federal Health Care Legislation

BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCHThe challenge by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was filed immediately after President Barack Obama signed the health care legislation. WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS Published: March 23, 2010 Updated: March 23, 2010 Source: Courtesy of Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s health care overhaul law.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the suit today 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.

“Congress lacks the political will to fund comprehensive health care in this way because taxes above those already provided in (the legislation) would produce too much opposition,“ his suit states. “The alternative, which was also a centerpiece of the failed Clinton administration health care proposal, is to fund universal health care in part by making healthy young adults and other rationally uninsured individuals cross-subsidize older and less healthy citizens.“ ...

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Virginia leader chomping at the bit to fight 'Obamacare'

WND Exclusive DOCTOR'S ORDERSIncoming AG to feds: Hands off my state Posted: January 16, 2010

By Anita Crane Source: Courtesy of © 2010 WorldNetDaily

Officials in Virginia a short time ago joined attorneys general in a dozen other states to object to the provisions of "Obamacare," the pending legislation that would give the federal government unprecedented control of health care, and the state's incoming attorney general is chomping at the bit to get to work on the issue.

Ken Cuccinelli, who will take the oath of office this weekend, said it's a simple matter of the government lacking authority to impose the decisions members of Congress are making for their constituents.

"I believe the individual mandate violates individual rights," Cuccinelli said in an interview. "I do not believe the federal government has the legal authority in the [U.S.] Constitution to mandate that individual Americans purchase health insurance.

"A corollary to that is that the [Senate] bill, as it is currently written, requires state governments to set up healthcare exchanges to facilitate individual mandates. I do not believe that under the Constitution the federal government has the authority to dictate or effectively force states into its bureaucracy,” he said.

The opposition is just one of the moves afoot to challenge the Democrat plan should it eventually succeed and be adopted as law. The outgoing Virginia attorney general, Bill Mims, had joined with 12 other Republican state attorneys general to object to the Senate's version, which exempts Nebraska from paying Medicaid fees.

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