Cuccinelli, Coakley to debate federal health care law

Two state attorneys general with opposing views on the federal health care law will square off next week at the National Press Club.


Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, and Coakley will appear at 10 a.m. Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington. Each will speak about the Affordable Health Care Act for 15 minutes and then take questions from reporters.

The event is being billed as a “timely preamble” to the the Supreme Court’s consideration of the law in March.

“The attorneys general have been invited to address several facets of the case the Supreme Court is taking up, including the health care mandate, the tax basis, the general welfare aspect, expansion of Medicaid, severability, the law's provisions and other areas,” the Press Club announced.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.
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