Cuccinelli to watch and provide analysis of health care hearing
The fight over the federal Affordable Care Act or “ObamaCare” has become one of the top priorities of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli‘s during his time in office. Cuccinelli chose to challenge the law on his own, instead of joining up with several other states that filed similar lawsuits.
In the early going, the decision to strike out on his own, brought Cuccinelli and Virginia big headlines because of early wins. Virginia successfully kept the suit from being dismissed and then won the argument at the first level. But as other suits quickly made their way through the federal courts, the Cuccinelli suit got hung up at the appellate level. He didn’t really win or lose, the case was dismissed because a three judge panel in in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals determined there wasn’t enough information for them to rule on the case.
The Supreme Court, which had already elected to hear other challenges to the health care reform decided not to take up Virginia’s suit.
But even though the Cuccinelli lawsuit itself won’t be among those being heard over a historic three day marathon session at the Supreme Court, that doesn’t mean our Attorney General won’t be involved. Cuccinelli will be in Washington, D.C. for all three days of arguments and will hold teleconference calls after each session to provide his analysis.
Many of the arguments made will be similar to the claims Cuccinelli has argued since first filing Virginia’s lawsuit. Chief among them, can the Federal Government require ever American to have health insurance or pay a fine?
The answer could have major implications for the upcoming presidential election and perhaps even carry over into 2013, when Cuccinelli asks Virginia voters to promote him to governor.
We’ll have full coverage of today’s hearing and Cuccinelli’s reaction today on NBC12.