Federal judge upholds Virginia challenge to health care law
A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled the mandate to purchase health insurance found in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Craig Carper reports.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a suit against the Federal government, moments after the health care reform bill was passed, citing a state law prohibiting its residents from being required to buy health insurance.
Cuccinelli: I've said all along that this lawsuit is not about health care, it's about liberty. As someone who has sworn an oath to uphold the law, I can’t endorse taking away the rights of some people to fund the health insurance for other people.
Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran called Cuccinelli’s suit a waste of state resources.
Moran: I would ask the Attorney General to be concerned about the one million Virginians who are going without healthcare, particularly the 150,000 children without healthcare in Virginia. That’s who he should be concerned with.
Federal attorneys have said they intend to appeal the case, and that it will most likely be decided by the Supreme Court.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square