President Obama’s health-care plan may have become law, but the fight over health-care reform is still raging.
A federal judge recently refused to dismiss a lawsuit from the state of Virginia which would challenge the legality of the nation’s new health-care law. The lawsuit, which was filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, argued that Congress overstepped its bounds with a health-care provision mandating that Americans buy health coverage or pay a fine.
Today Cuccinelli spoke with Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co.” about the importance of this lawsuit.
“What I’m trying to do is protect the constitution” Cuccinelli said. “First and foremost this case is about liberty and the foundation of principles and the overreach of government. “
The Judge’s decision not to dismiss the lawsuit meant a big victory for Cuccinelli, and he says the legal fight could have huge ramifications on the future of President Obama’s health-care plan.
“The entire bill is at stake in this case.” Cuccinelli said. “If we win this case, the whole bill should fall.”
Cuccinelli knows this is just the beginning of a long and difficult fight. “We would expect maybe a two year cycle to get up to the Supreme Court” Cuccinelli said. “It could take longer, but two years is probably a good guess.”