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:
The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.