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Virginia Democrats say Cuccinelli suit wastes taxpayer money

Rosalind Helderman

The Democratic Party of Virginia has released a statement praising Congress for passing health care reform and accusing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of using his office as a "piggy bank" for a "political agenda."

And they circulated this video of a Washington & Lee University professor throwing cold water on the Cuccinelli suit on C-Span this morning.

The full statement from DPVA executive director David Mills is below.

DPVA Executive Director David Mills' statement:

Yesterday, we witnessed a historic occasion: Congress passed the first comprehensive health care bill in American history. Thanks to this courageous action, Virginians -- and all Americans -- will be guaranteed high-quality, affordable health coverage.

Under this new bill, Virginians with pre-existing conditions will no longer be subject to insurance discrimination, Virginia small businesses will get tax credits to provide health care, and Virginia seniors will no longer fall victim to the Medicare 'donut hole' for needed prescriptions.

President Obama and our Congressional leaders deserve credit for this historic reform that will help thousands of Virginians. And this wouldn't have happened without the strong and steady efforts of Virginia grassroots activists, including netroots, labor and advocacy organizations.

Unfortunately, our Republican state leaders like Ken Cuccinelli and Bob McDonnell are busy trying to throw up road blocks to reform.

The Office of the Attorney General should be the people's law firm, not the piggy bank for Ken Cuccinelli's political agenda. Attorney General Cuccinelli continues to waste Virginia taxpayers' money at a record rate. Cuccinelli was elected to represent all Virginians as the state's top lawyer, but instead he's using our tax dollars to represent only the extreme political fringe of the Republican Party.

Ken Cuccinelli hasn't lifted a finger to help Virginians struggling with unemployment, home foreclosures and predatory loans. Instead, he has filed two frivolous lawsuits against the federal government and tried to impose his political agenda on state colleges' and universities' non-discrimination statutes.

The Attorney General knows that this health care lawsuit is nothing but political theater. He ought to get back to doing the people's business, and stop wasting our money.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 22, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Those who can't do, teach.

I wouldn't put much stock in the opinion of a law professor.

Posted by: JTR555 | March 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

If Virginians are not required to purchase healthcare for them selves or their families, will the EMT (ambulances) and the emergency rooms be required to treat them when they are ill or in an accident.
Pres. R Reagan signed this into law in 1986.
Why should the rest of us be responsible to pay their bills?????

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Posted by: LeannaBlanka | March 23, 2010 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Bob McDonnell has the unenviable task of managing a large state with REAL money. Unfortunately, the Federal government uses the funny money from oppressive taxing power (now in full swing by Obama), borrowed money, and printed money.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 23, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

My point is that it is incredibly unfair for McDonnell and Virginians to bust tail trying to balance a budget based on REAL money and then have the Feds impose mandatory spending on Virginia.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 23, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see the Virginia AG stand up to a tyrannical Congress and President.

Posted by: robertmthomasjr | March 23, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Do you want your taxes going to Cuccinelli's whims? He's going to bury Virginia. This isn't about state's rights. It's about Cuccinelli making a name for himself. Spend the money on roads in Northern VA. And be prepared to pay for the uninsured. Have fun, Virginia.

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Posted by: hanhan1982923 | March 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is a right wing ideologue and a staunch Catholic who is imposing his PERSONAL views on the Virginia legal system.

Catholics account for 14% of the state's population-
WHERE ARE THE REST OF YOU?

If Virginians allow this TEABAGGER to dictate state policy-you are in for a miserable 4 years!

Posted by: suec716 | March 23, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Richmond takes my hard earned income and instead of fixing the Transportation situation..Like The Lying POS McDonnell said he would, even though I knew that he wouldn't, sues the Feds.

This is republican governance. Get used to it.

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Posted by: aqwohennia | March 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Virginia can really pick'em.

Posted by: Fairfaxresident3 | March 23, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"Those who can't do, teach.

I wouldn't put much stock in the opinion of a law professor."

Those who don't have facts to support their statements, comment anonymously.

Posted by: cbr1 | March 23, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for either one of those right wing zealots. And I'm a Republican. The problem was the Democrats provided no one worth anything. Cooch is a danger to society; he still lives in the Dark Ages. Maybe he'll get hit by a bus. One can hope, right??

Posted by: ms1234 | March 23, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

We already pay the tab for emergency room visits and EMTs - it is called property taxes. I'd rather everyone have coverage so I don't pay for a sore throat at an emergency room. Everyone should have access to health care coverage. It will drive everyones cost down. People are too shortsighted in this country and would rather watch someone die on the side of the road then given them access to health care. You don't remember the 11yo reported by the post who died of an infection to the brain because his mother could not get him to a dentist that took medicaid.

Posted by: clarebearcolburn | March 23, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

If states can get away with medical marijuana laws, they can get away with rejecting this socialist drivel of a health care bill.

If this bill was just, no one would have had to have been "bought" with entitlements to vote for it. If the people in congress really thought it was a good idea, they wouldn't have to "Sell" their constituents on it....You only sell when you have something your customers don't want. Folks purchase things they want and need.

It's so funny that this country is so giving to other foreign countries, but so unwilling to take care of itself. Congress really ought to end all foreign aid, and use that money to fix ours first. I'd be all for that. Don't spend another dime on any other humanity cause until the US is like Canada, at a fraction of the cost.

Posted by: Dirty_Ferrel | March 23, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Go David Mills! Cuccinelli needs to address the job he is being paid to do and not use his position to further his right wing political agenda at the expense of Virginian taxpayers.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 23, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

If there had been a Public Option, I might have supported the "mandatory purchase" rule. But the way it stands now - they're just forcing the healthy poor to hand over more money to Insurance Companies. You take someone for whom $700 is still a lot of money and say "if you can't afford health insurance, we're going to fine you $700 until you can afford health insurance." It does not make sense.

Posted by: mwcob | March 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The several states should coalesce their legal argument against excessive and growing "one size fits all" federalist liberalism ideology and bring a unified legal suit against the health care measure debacle. IRS is to manage and supervise who pays, who doesn't, etc? Golly gee. As a former Republican but now an Independent, "don't tread on me" is an appropriate slogan for honest traditional Americans. Yes, health care reform is needed, but not this bureaucratic and partisan excess which is likely unconstitutional to begin with.

Posted by: IowaLad | March 23, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

All of the folks in here complaining about the "socialism" aspects of this bill need to immediate resign from both Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid and start saving their pennies to buy food after something catastrophic happens to them and they lose everything.......oh that's right, it won't happen to "them".

Posted by: purveyors | March 23, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The several states should coalesce their legal argument against excessive and growing "one size fits all" federalist liberalism ideology and bring a unified legal suit against the health care measure debacle. IRS is to manage and supervise who pays, who doesn't, etc? Golly gee. As a former Republican but now an Independent, "don't tread on me" is an appropriate slogan for honest traditional Americans. Yes, health care reform is needed, but not this bureaucratic and partisan excess which is likely unconstitutional to begin with.

Posted by: IowaLad | March 23, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

States stand to lose in a very large way as the bulk of the currently uninsured who cannot pay for the new coverage will be covered by Medicaid which States currently must fund 50%. That was the basis for the Ben Nelson bribe, er, special provision. Given the budget deficits faced by Virginia it's no surprise they plan to fight this.

Posted by: rogernebel | March 23, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I support Ken. Democrats are nervous because they're afraid McDonnell's team might unravel parts fo their socialist healthcare legislation. In addition, the Post provides no reliable cost forecast.

People from other states should stay out of Virginia's politics. We stay out of theirs.

Posted by: melador | March 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to have someone tell me about a major Gov't program that has come in at or below budget! Wait till the Defecit Reduction Commission reccomends that a VAT tax, similar to Europe's be installed in the US to lower the defecit!

Taxes for all will rise with this stealth tax!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | March 23, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Virginia AG's have a history of bringing 10th Amendment challenges to federal laws and inevitably losing. Virginia's challenge to SMCRA in the 1981 Hodel v. Virginia Surface Mining, challenges to the Clean Air Act in the 1990s by Jim Gilmore, etc... It seems an AG can always count on getting some political points for bringing this sort of action even if the legal merits are down right Cucci, I mean kooky.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

defending against the ever expanding reach out an out of control federal government is exactly what the AG should be doing.

Is this all the post does , repeat democrat party press releases.

Posted by: boywaja | March 23, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"""""All of the folks in here complaining about the "socialism" aspects of this bill need to immediate resign from both Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid and start saving their pennies to buy food after something catastrophic happens to them and they lose everything.......oh that's right, it won't happen to "them".

Posted by: purveyors"""""


Purveyors: If that could happen I would welcome it and sign off on never receiving any of these programs...you see; I am a real American who does not expect the gov't to take care of me. I plan, I save, I do not spend beyond my means.

I will never get to use all of the money I put to social security; It will be bankrupt before I get to retire...what is your point; the system will be broken for most all of us under 40. You see, I save additional monies outside of my social security tax so I will not be at the mercy of a government you will treat me like a number and commodity. You should try it sometime; it makes you feel independent and FREE!
Now I will have to wait 6 months for a doctor's appointment as well and I will be treated no better than someone who either chooses not to work because they are lazy or I will not be able to "purchase" the additional care I need because that would be unfair to someone who does not have the means...that sure sounds entirely against capitalism and the American way...guess I'll be going to foreign countries for my healthcare because of the growing mass of spineless communists like you and barry obama who have no grounding or history of becoming part of the real American culture that fought of the British, abolished slavery, fought two world wars and landed a man on the moon...people like you are turning this country into the third world.

Posted by: civilrightist | March 23, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Last time we hired these genuises they tried to bankrupt us by ending the "Car Tax." Now it seems they want to fight the civil war all over again - either that or McDonnell views himself as a 2012 prs candidate? Either way please don't waste my time and money on this junk.

Posted by: bob29 | March 23, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't put much stock in the opinion of a law professor."

Republicans revel in their own ignorance don't they?

Posted by: whirlwind81 | March 23, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Once again, history has passed the GOP by. McDonnell and Cuccinelli are relics of the past, who belong in a museum somewhere, along with the five aging right-wing Republican hacks on the Supreme Court. These gentlemen still have the power to win a few battles, but the war is lost.

Posted by: lydgate | March 23, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"I'd rather everyone have coverage so I don't pay for a sore throat at an emergency room."
_____________________________________________

This is all well and good. EXCEPT what will happen when one can't get a Dr's appointment for 5 weeks and people are still paying for sore throats at the emergency room.


Guess some of you forgot about that part

Posted by: JDB1 | March 23, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the Professor! Please stop wasting our money on BS!!!!

Posted by: stoneyuptwn | March 23, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the Professor! Please stop wasting our money on BS!!!!

Posted by: stoneyuptwn | March 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

As Mr. Cuccinelli surely knows, if a Virginia citizen doesn't want to buy auto insurance, he is required to pay $500 per year per vehicle for the privilege. Although this is to protect other citizens from the uninsured person's carelessness, isn't health insurance the same thing, in part? You buy it so I don't have to cover your unpaid bills and declining health through my rate increases, or you pay into a fund for choosing not to be insured. By being insured and having access to preventive care, you might maintain your health so overall medical costs will go down. You won't be in the hospital with your lifestyle induced heart attack sucking up valuable resources. Cuccinelli is wasting my taxes with this useless bit of political theater.

Posted by: greyK | March 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Another frivolous lawsuit by the Republicans! When is it going to stop. :) Hypocrites! They talk the talk but don't walk the walk. How can you complain about lawsuits to your constituents and then turn around and do the very thing you complain about. This is a total waste of taxpayer money as they are fully aware that it has almost no chance of succeeding. I guess if it serves their political purposes then it's different than the other lawsuits. Hypocrites!

Posted by: Gambrills4 | March 23, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

We should all hope that Cuccinelli and his ilk file as many law suits as posssible. I can't believe these fools in the GOP don't realize that for them this is the wrong battle at the wrong time. I'm afraid they actually believe their own propaganda.

The GOP and their fellow travelers will be in for a rude awakening when the November 2010 and November 2012 elections happen. Oh well, fools never learn.

Posted by: NewEra | March 23, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I remember playing law school BINGO in Professor' Jost's first year property law class. I never realized he was such a democratic party idealogue.

Posted by: hp96ph | March 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"Another frivolous lawsuit by the Republicans! When is it going to stop."

Well, how about the nonsense lawsuits filed by Democrats? Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island sued the lead paint industry and made a name for himself as a crusader, even though there was plenty of evidence that the state knew that lead paint was not causing a health crisis.

Posted by: hp96ph | March 23, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but the VA AG's job is to uphold Va law and there is a VA law that protects VA citizens from being forced to purchase medical insurance. Very simple! The VA Assembly and Senate passed the law and the Governor signed it. Other states are considering doing the same thing. BTW: SC and FLA are leading this fight. It is just that VA has a clear law against the federal requirement. This was telegraphed months ago - not a shocker.

Furthermore, if the AG did not uphold VA law, the Governor could appoint someone else to do it because all elected officials swear to uphold the law. When Mary Sue Terry refused to uphold the law, Governor Wilder appointed someone else to do just that.

Lastly, this is less about the health bill than it is a constitutional challenge that will be very exciting to witness regardless of your position. There has been a conflict between two articles since the founding of the nation. This will certainly not be the end to it, but it will be very exciting!

However, for those who criticize the current Governor, AG or president, you probably can't understand the larger ramifications. Don't feel bad because neither can the professor from W&L. He choses to write in Politico about his view of politics rather than law. I suspect he does the same in his classes.

Instead, this is not about whether the Governor has been able to address long term transportation issues in his first two plus months or whether you voted for him or not or whether you have a personal hatred for him or the AG or any of the other musings. Those criticisms are why there is no good public discourse about issues any longer. Instead, it is a childish name-calling exercise.

This is an interesting process whereby America will move not to the right or the left but towards a more Jeffersonian or Hamiltonian path. Perhaps this a little too lofty for most WaPo readers so go back to the name calling.

Posted by: ModerateVirginian | March 23, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. A law professor is abusing his position as an educator to figuratively slap Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli? Wouldn't that be viewed as a pro-Democrat stance by Timothy Jost and, therefore, not unbiased? Wouldn't that mean that Timothy Jost is no longer fit to teach because his personal bias now interferes with his ability to educate his students fairly?

Posted by: joelhar1 | March 23, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

$500 for car insurance? Only if YOU CHOOSE TO DRIVE.....and only if you don't OWN the vehicle out right, and only.....

This health care bill forces healthy people to pay for other folks unhealthy choices.....and doesn't stop people from continuing to make unhealthy choices....the public would be better served by letting the folks conciously making unhealthy choices to die from them. Now THAT would lower healthcare costs in less than 10 years....

Posted by: Dirty_Ferrel | March 23, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I cannot stop laughing-

If it is one party that knows waste of taxpayer money it would be the Democrats! Ha, ha, ha

Posted by: jiboo | March 23, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

All of you are shouting to get rid of this "socialist" plan, better be be opting out of Social Security and Medicare otherwise you are being complete hypocrits.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | March 23, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. A law professor is abusing his position as an educator to figuratively slap Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli? Wouldn't that be viewed as a pro-Democrat stance by Timothy Jost and, therefore, not unbiased? Wouldn't that mean that Timothy Jost is no longer fit to teach because his personal bias now interferes with his ability to educate his students fairly?

Posted by: joelhar1 | March 23, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hardly. Every single solitary constitutional scholar I have heard so far (approximately ten) has stated that either this has no chance of succeeding or that it has virtually no chance of succeeding. This is the political equivalent of a hail mary pass.

Posted by: blackandred777 | March 23, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"Another frivolous lawsuit by the Republicans! When is it going to stop."

Well, how about the nonsense lawsuits filed by Democrats? Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island sued the lead paint industry and made a name for himself as a crusader, even though there was plenty of evidence that the state knew that lead paint was not causing a health crisis.

Posted by: hp96ph | March 23, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Obviously you didn't get it but the comment was a joke.

Posted by: blackandred777 | March 23, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

We can't opt out of social security since the government takes it share right off the top of our paychecks- DUH!
The reality is that social security will become an "entitlement" at some point and be needs based. So will "universal healthcare" when the cost becomes so burndensome. In 1967 medicare was estimated to cost $10 billion in 2010 -the real cost is $120 billion. Does anyone with a brain cell think that our government can project true costs or contain them?
This is socialism at the core- take from those who work and give to those who don't. Support a whole class of people and of course they will keep you in power. Who would want to get a freakin job then?
Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves with this nonsense. They were all about taking care of yourself and your family, earning a good living on your own SWEAT, and a government that didn't legislate every aspect of your life.
Shame on the Democrats and shame on our country.

Posted by: jiboo | March 23, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

For those of you complaining about the health insurance mandate, I suggest as a protest you all drop your state-mandated automobile insurance coverage. This too, is an infringement on your personal liberty, is it not? It's a win-win situation. When the state revokes your license, that's frees up lots of space on our highways! Let's go Goopers, show us what you are made of!!

Posted by: whirlwind81 | March 23, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I cannot stop laughing-

If it is one party that knows waste of taxpayer money it would be the Democrats! Ha, ha, ha

Posted by: jiboo | March 23, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Really? President Clinton was balancing budgets during his term. President Bush left office last year after compiling the greatest deficit in the history of our country. You opened your mouth and inserted your foot dude.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 23, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Crofton, why don't you take a look at the deficit numbers from 2008to 2009 and 2010 and get back to me on that! Obama QUADRUPLED the debt number that you Democrats have found disgusting (Bush's level). So how about an adjective to really describe Obama's? Despicable, heinous, reprehensible.....I could go on. So, hey, let's bankrupt America now with healthcare debt! WOo HOO! Do you run your household finances this way? Funny how nobody ever answers that question because they KNOW what the right thing our govt should be doing but admitting it, is well, painful.

So, please, do some research before you open YOUR GIANT mouth, OK?

Posted by: jiboo | March 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I never did open my mouth moron. You are the one that said deficit spending was party specific which it isn't, as President H.W. Bush, President Reagan, and President W. Bush clearly demonstrated. By the way, the stimulus package began during the Bush administration as I'm show you are well aware of.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 23, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

jiboo,

You're the one who apparently doesn't have his facts straight. Crofton is correct.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | March 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I meant to say "sure" not "show" and "bailout" not "stimulus".

Posted by: croftonpost | March 23, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Let me know when this administration takes any blame for bad news since it certainly loves to take the credit for "good news". C'mon Obama has been in office 14 months- when does it stop being GWB's problem?

BTW, I am intrigued by the fact that Obama PROMISED to withdraw troops from Iraq in 16 months (campaign promise on 7/08). Now it is a portion gone by 8/10 and the rest finally in 12/11. The last I read the administration is starting to weasel on this August's date. When these dates slip is he still gonna blame GWB?

Posted by: jiboo | March 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

As I said, do you run your household this way? See, nobody ever answers this question.............

Posted by: jiboo | March 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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