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December 14th, 2010
08:28 AM ET

VA Atty. Gen. on healthcare: "What we need is more citizen control"

A federal judge on Monday upheld a constitutional challenge to the health care law brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ruled Congress had placed an unconstitutional requirement on Americans to get health insurance.  Cuccinelli sites the health care law as an extension of unwarranted government control and maintains this choice should be left up to citizens.

This  strikes a serious legal blow to the law thus far and moves the case toward an expected battle in the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps in 2012. Republicans using the ruling as a victory to set in motion steps to repealing the reform once they have a House majority in January. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli spoke to CNN's John Roberts about the case.

Filed under: Health care • Politics
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  1. Richard

    If a federal judge says it is unconstitutional to require a person to buy health insurance, would it be unlawful for a hospital/doctor refuse any type of treatment UNLESS the patient was enrolled in an insurance program? That would change the strategy for the uninsured.
    I have health care insurance to protect my assets. I know, that under todays laws, I will always receive health care service, even if uninsured, but taking the risk of losing my assets. Taking the risk of losing my life creates a complete different set dynamics.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  2. hsr0601

    The Republicans are the ultimate hypocrites!

    How do we pay for health care reform ?

    **  How do you pay for tax cuts for the wealthy  ?

    1.     First attempt : threatening Social Security and Medicare Cut through the deficit panel.

    2.     Second attempt : holding the desperate Hostage, say, by the Ransom.

    **  Inaction cost, $9trillion over the next decade, ((Some of CBO analysis : While the costs of the financial bailouts and economic stimulus bills are staggering, they are only a fraction of the coming costs from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that each year Medicaid will expand by 7 percent, Medicare by 6 percent, and Social Security by 5 percent. These programs face a 75-year shortfall of $43 trillion–60 times greater than the gross cost of the $700 billion TARP financial bailout)).

    Over the duration of healthcare debate, using the preliminary cost analysis of CBO, the reps opposed the public option stubbornly, but after the release of final score, they have been defiant on the referee.

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that :
    Inaction cost in relation to health care reform totals $9trillion over the next decade. 
    Reform will reduce the federal deficit by $143 billion over the next 10 years and as much as $1 trillion during the following decade.

    **  Auto insurance mandate !

    December 14, 2010 at 9:44 am |