Cuccinelli: Implementation of Obamacare a ‘national embarrassment’

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October 20, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said Saturday in the weekly GOP address that the rollout of President Obama’s health care overhaul has been a “national embarrassment” and lambasted the law itself as an affront to liberty and “the hallmark of a federal government that has lost its way.”

Mr. Cuccinelli, who is running to be Virginia’s next governor this year, was the first state attorney general to file suit over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when it was passed three-and-a-half years ago. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the crux of the law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, in June 2012.

But Mr. Cuccinelli says he still believes it to be unconstitutional.

“During the debate over this law, citizens in the Commonwealth were told they could easily access information about their health care choices and join the system, well that proved to be untrue,” he said. “They were told their premiums wouldn’t increase, that proved to be false. And they were told they could keep access to their insurance and their doctors, and that proved to be downright dishonest.

The GOP’s focus on Obamacare in the address comes days after the federal government re-opened following an ultimately fruitless effort by some Congressional Republicans to defund or delay parts of the law. But its rollout on Oct. 1 has also been plagued with glitches and false starts, and many would-be users have been unable to successfully sign up for insurance through healthcare.gov.

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