Attorney General Cuccinelli States He May Refuse to Follow Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Law
RICHMOND —On Monday, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli stated that unless there are criminal penalties, he would be comfortable breaking the law by not implementing the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act.
As the Washington Post and Politico reported, Attorney General Cuccinelli set himself apart from his conservatives peers at the Republican Attorney General Association meeting where most said they would begrudgingly implement the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer. Attorney General Cuccinelli alluded to his plans to stonewall the health care law, thus goading the federal government to force compliance on recalcitrant states. “It’s not like there’s criminal penalties out there — it becomes a power struggle,” he said.
The statewide grassroots non-partisan organization Virginia Organizing made the following statement on the Attorney General’s plans to defy the law and block the Affordable Care Act:
“I would think the Attorney General would be embarrassed by the UVA climate change research debacle and might take a breather from bringing shame on the state of Virginia. The Affordable Care Act has already helped provide free preventive care for 837,000 plus seniors in Virginia. He should spend his time prosecuting big banks pursuing illegal home foreclosures, not denying care to seniors,” said Janice “Jay” Johnson, Medicare recipient and Virginia Organizing board member.
Virginia Organizing will be holding a series of statewide events March 22-March 31 commemorating the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care and the beginning the U.S. Supreme Court arguments on the Affordable Care Act.
Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.