Protesters gather outside federal courthouse to challenge health care lawsuit
As arguments began in what is the first test of the nation's new federal health care law this morning in Richmond, a handful of protestors gathered outside to oppose Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit against the federal government.
"It's seems to be our attorney general and our current administration is putting politics first -- not taking care of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia,'' said Jeanne Boisineau, who owns a film and casting company in Richmond and who is a member of the Main Street Alliance, which represents more than 300 small businesses in the state. "They're looking after whatever ulterior motives they may have that may have nothing to do with the best interests of the people of the state."
Dozens of black-and-white signs lined the federal courthouse saying "part-time workers, women or children "denied healthcare by Cuccinelli." Additional police officers watched over the building.
Cuccinelli argues that Congress overstepped its authority by requiring individuals to buy health insurance or be fined.
Supporters of the federal health care law who spoke out this morning represented advocates for the poor, small businesses, physicians and college students. At tables near the federal courthouse members of the Virginia Organizing Project distributed information explaining the benefits of the law for young adults, seniors and working families.
Mark Ryan, a family doctor who works in Richmond, said the new federal healthcare law will ensure patients will access health insurance and health care as early as this year.
"The reforms enacted by this law will make care affordable, accessible, will make drug benefits more meaningful for seniors and I think will have a positive beneficial effect on patient care,'' he said.
July 1, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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