Virginia Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell (R) was tapped by national Republican leaders to deliver the weekly Republican address on Saturday -- what is commonly referred to as the response to the president’s radio address — days after the one-year anniversary of the passage of the federal health-care law.

“The health spending law has burdened states with billions of dollars in unfunded mandates, so we thought it would be instructive this week to hear from Gov. Bob McDonnell, who can give us a first-hand look at the impact the law is having on the Commonwealth of Virginia and the country,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Mc­Don­nell, vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has been considered a rising star since in his party since he was sworn into office. His regular appearances on network shows have increased following last year’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address and lately he has been mentioned as a possibly vice presidential candidate in 2012. He has given the weekly speech once before during his 2009 gubernatorial campaign.

“Throughout the debate and implementation stages of Obamacare, the impact of the law on state governments has too often been ignored or cast aside by the current Administration,” Mc­Don­nell said Friday. “It’s time to end the habit of Washington passing the law and then expecting the states to balance the books. We must make health care more affordable and accessible. Republican governors are leading this effort, with common-sense policies and proposals that don’t weaken our economy or overburden employers and state governments.”

Check back Saturday for coverage of McDonnell’s speech.