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  • Countdown to Repeal: Ken Cuccinelli's Court Battle Paved the Way for Congress

    Long before the House of Representatives considered the repeal of Obamacare, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was leading the way to undo the law in the courtroom.

    Virginia’s lawsuit against Obamacare has been a rallying cry for opponents of the health care takeover from the beginning, and Cuccinelli has vowed to proudly carry that banner to the end. He spoke to Heritage last year about Virginia’s case.

    “I don’t think in my lifetime we’ve seen one statute that so erodes liberty than this health care bill,” Cuccinelli told us. “Certainly, we view our lawsuit as being not merely about health care. That’s actually secondary to the real important aspect of the case, and that is to protect the Constitution, as we essentially define the outer limits of federal power. If we lose, it’s very much the end of federalism as we’ve known it for over 220 years.”

    The U.S. Constitution has always been at the core of Virginia’s Obamacare challenge, which asserts that the health care law is unconstitutional because it mandates individuals to buy health insurance. Virginia won the first round: In August, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson ruled that Virginia raised a valid substantive theory to challenge Obamacare. But the federal government will likely appeal that decision. For Cuccinelli, the case can’t end up in the U.S. Supreme Court fast enough.

    “America needs an answer to this question,” he said.

    Apparently, the majority of state attorneys general feel the same way. More than half of all states are suing to stop Obamacare. Oklahoma is pursuing its own lawsuit, while 24 attorneys general and the National Federation of Independent Businesses have united to sue the federal government.

    Read more about Cuccinelli’s case and watch Heritage’s interview with him.

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    7 Responses to Countdown to Repeal: Ken Cuccinelli's Court Battle Paved the Way for Congress

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      "In August, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson ruled that Virginia raised a valid substantive theory to challenge Obamacare. But the federal government will likely appeal that decision."

      What will be said of this debate after all is said and done?

      “Eleven score and fourteen years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

      Now we are engaged in a great civil debate, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great chamber of that debate. We have come to dedicate a portion of that chamber, as a final resting place for the arguments made in that debate and so that the resolution may be long remembered so that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

      But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this place. The dedicated people, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the free, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored Senators, Representatives and the American People who fought against federal oppression, we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the lasting measure of their devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dedicated citizens shall not have fought for their freedoms in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that we loudly proclaim once again, that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

    2. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      I am proud to live in the Commonwealth, it is true to the original aspects this country was founded on, we are the home of Patrick Henry "Give me Liberty or give me Death", we cannot let our freedom to be taken from us little by little. In Williamsburg there is a museum dedicated to the founders, there in a six foot panel is etched the words we all need to remember, especially those who serve in Congress, it say's WE THE PEOPLE. Congress needs to also remember they are there to "SERVE" the people, it is not a career and not meant to make the server rich. God Bless America and keep her safe.

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    4. Bobbie says:

      How sad to hear Mr. Cuccinelli express "we can protect our citizens…" as we, the American people are targeted by the federal government, waiting to take control of our lives and everything else that will fall in place due to this deceiving act of government.

      The truest of mankind stand on principle regardless of what people are convinced they are told they want. Thank you, Mr. Cuccinellii and all who are true to mankind and true to the founding of this Country.

    5. Ace Sez Bishop, Cali says:

      Never in the history of the USA have we been so inundated by criminals like President Obama and his Czars–they have no aligence to anyone except the man that hired them—-our sytem of 'checks and balances' is wiped out entirely.

      Impeachment and imprisonment are the punishment for intended malfeasance and intentional violation (repeatedly) of our Constitutional law–we can't wait til 2012 to rid our Country of this anti-American dolt in the White House.

      Impeachment proceedings need to be instigated this very afternoon !!

    6. Greg, Charlotte, NC says:

      Republicans should compile their best solutions to submit as the alternative to "Obamacare". Without a "better idea" (i.e. purchasing across state lines, etc)

      the public continues to see the Republicans as the party of "NO".

      Republicans continue to do a poor job of educating the public about the pitfalls and failure of liberal policies compared to the benifits of conservatism.

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