Virginia AG to Weigh in on Health Care Ruling

June 28, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli shared his views on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the key provision of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

In a press release, The attorney general had the following initial reaction to the decision:

"This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law. This is a dark day for American liberty.

"This decision goes against the very principle that America has a federal government of limited powers; a principle that the Founding Fathers clearly wrote into the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government.

"This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to buy private goods or face fines - a power it has never had in American history, and a power King George III and Parliament didn't have over us when we were mere subjects of Great Britain. Since the federal government itself could never articulate to the court a constitutional limit to this power, Congress has gained an unlimited power to force citizens to buy anything.

"I am disappointed with the court's ruling and with the unprecedented attack on American liberty the president and the previous Congress have created with this law.

"We are currently reading the decision and I will have more comment at the news conference at noon."

After reading over the decision in a news conference he changed his thoughts on the health care overhaul stating.

"Our initial reaction upon hearing the results was frankly more negative then now that we have some time with the opinions plural, there are numerous opinions and having spent that time and we have more time to spend later on it is not for those of us whose first priority is the preservation of the Constitution, a bad day at all," said Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli says he was surprised of the ruling. He is a Republican candidate for governor next year.

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