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Va. AG: Health Law Rollout A ‘National Embarrassment’

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is also a candidate for governor, blasted the rollout of the health law in the GOP's weekly address this weekend. Cuccinelli called the implementation of the law a "national embarrassment." 

The Washington Post: Cuccinelli Aims Blast At Affordable Care Act In GOP's Weekly Address
Just days after a federal government shutdown triggered by a fight over President Obama's signature health-care law, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II delivered the weekly Republican address with a full-throated blast at the Affordable Care Act. Cuccinelli attacked the new law as the exemplar of big government and called its implementation "a national embarrassment" (Kunkle, 10/19).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: In Weekly Republican Address, Virginia AG Cuccinelli Speaks Out Against Health Care Overhaul
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is speaking out against the federal health care overhaul in the weekly Republican address. The Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate delivered the address on Saturday that coincides with President Barack Obama's weekly radio and Internet address (10/20).

CBS News: Ken Cuccinelli: Obamacare Debut A "National Embarrassment"
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for governor in the commonwealth, warned that the law is already forcing employers in Virginia to drop health-care coverage of employees and their dependents, citing the University of Virginia, which "just announced that it will no longer be able to provide health-care coverage to many spouses of their thousands of employees," and the Fairfax County Water Authority, which blamed the law's taxes for a recent decision to stop providing health coverage to employees. "Everywhere you look, there's more evidence that Obamacare was fundamentally broken even before it started," Cuccinelli said. He also criticized the recent implementation of the law's insurance exchanges as a "national embarrassment" (Miller, 10/19).

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