McDonnell Lashes Out Against Health Care Overhaul

Monday, Mar 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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Virginia Politicians Ready to Challenge Health Care

Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli says the health care reform bill "is too much of an overreach from the power the constitution grants to Congress."

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell called the newly passed health care overhaul an "unprecedented expansion of federal power" that threatens to bleed states dry.

McDonnell issued a more than 700-word statement Monday saying the bill that passed Sunday would cost Virginia an additional $1.1 billion by 2022, dramatically increase the federal deficit and jeopardize the coverage many already have.

McDonnell said that while every American should have reasonably priced, quality health care, allowing the federal government to exercise control over one-sixth of the economy is "shocking to the American system of federalism."

Earlier in the day, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he would challenge what he called an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.
 

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