March 24th, 2010
05:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Update: Va. governor signs law pushing back on health law

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday signed legislation to bar the federal government from forcing state residents to purchase health insurance.

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Filed under: Health care • Virginia
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Independent One

    All the repubs wish to do is fight wars, fight health care, fight financial reform....I am so tired of all the fighting!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Taxes will be raised in Virginia to cover this frivolous law suit. Mark my word.

    Happy you voted for the fascist?

    March 24, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    Another selfish Republican!!!

    March 24, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Michael from Ventura

    He's probably thankful one of his fellow Virginians won't be throwing gas around his house or throwing bricks thru any of his windows the way they did earlier this week to people who disagreed with them.He's safe-he voted with the bigots.

    March 24, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. jojomcgee

    Bob McDonnel is a patriot. And he would make an excellent replacement for The Annointed One.

    March 24, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Liberals are nasty!

    Good....this is not health care reform, is a waste of money that only slightly touches on health care reform.

    March 24, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    It is time to recall McDonnell. He has ruined Virginia enough already.

    March 24, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Really?

    Guess I won't live in, or do business in, VA.

    March 24, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Michael

    Yes, God forbid everyone should have access to medical attention.
    This is so phony. Do any rich people NOT want health insurance? And since the poor will be subsidized, why talk about forcing anyone to have it?

    March 24, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Mark L.

    See VA – Do You See the Mistakes You Made Voting a Re'Crook'lican into office?? Now, instead of following the Democratic Party's mandate of purchasing your own Healhcare Insurance, you will continue to pay for other DEADBEATS' healthcare when they decide to go to the Emergency Room for their illnesses rather than taking out an insurance policy for themselves.

    March 24, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Dale

    Just like the law Virginia passed resisting Civil Rights back in the 1960's.

    When poor people go to the doctor for the first time in Virginia, it will probably take National Guard troops to get them in.

    March 24, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Adalbert

    Typical republican technique to prevent the working class people to get HC.

    March 24, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    We could have STOPPED this at the Polls!!! McDonnell getting elected had NOTHING to do with everyone in Virginia LIKING him – it had to do with the OTHER candidate failing to excite the Democratic base therefore, people did not get out to vote.

    McDonnell should be careful and remember – EVERYONE in the state of Virginia DOES NOT agree with ths action!!!

    March 24, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. FL

    The rest of the states should follow. Each state is sovereign and the federal government has stepped over that line. The last time that happened there was The CIVIL WAR. That war, contrary to what some believe, was more about STATES PROTECTING THEIR RIGHTS THAN SLAVERY. Our founders also gave us the right to bear arms. NOT BECAUSE WE NEEDED THEM TO HUNT BUT THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT OUR FREEDOM IS FRAGILE AND THERE MIGHT COME A POINT WHERE WE WOULD NEED TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM FROM A THREAT FROM WITHIN. MORE PEOPLE NEED TO READ A HISTORY BOOK SO THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST DO NOT REPEAT THEMSELVES.

    March 24, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    You know of course that states can opt out. If they do so, they don't nullify the law, but instead of the State managing the insurance pool, it will be done by the federal government.
    So, by abdicating the responsibility of managing the private sector insurance pool, these red states are infact forcing the federal government to run those pools.
    I am sure that the officials in those states will scream that "the government is taking over!" when infact it was their stupidity and lack of responsibility that caused it.
    Hypocrites.

    March 24, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Saint

    Can't someone lock him up or vote him out?

    March 24, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    This guy and his slimy used car salesman entourage of Pat Robertson clones campaigned as moderates and the majority in Va were fooled by them. Even when his Neanderthal Thesis that explained all of his prejudice and destructive ideology came out he was able to disguise his intolerance, ignorance, and self-righteous arrogance.

    Va law dictates he has one four year term, without a re-election concern he has no reason to deny his primal urge to exert all his power and do his best to take our state backward. This is just the begining.

    March 24, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. A Real American

    Political posturing.

    It's a long-settled point of law that federal law is the supreme law of the land, and it;'s also a long-settled point of law that states cannot nullify federal law.

    This law is a frivolous, go-nowhere law. Is this what Virginians elected you to do, Governor– collect a paycheck for doing nothing?

    March 24, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    This is based on a technicality and I don't know how much of a problem I think it is for the government to require people to have health care insurance. But the health care bill the Democrats are cramming through is one of the worst ideas to come out of the federal government in decades. It's too expensive, especially in a tanking economy to create this kind of a huge entitlement program. It's poorly designed since it actually raises the cost of health insurance for everyone that has it now. And it does nothing to improve the quality of health care. In fact, because of the host of new regulations, it is guaranteed that quality will suffer. This was one really really bad idea.

    March 24, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Felly

    Bob McDonnell needs to give up the governement insurance he currently enjoys. He is a hypocrite!

    March 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. We the People....

    Thank you from an American Citizen!

    HOORAY! Good for you!

    Now, fi the other 56 states... OH!.... I mean 49 states.... will follow suit that would be excellent!

    March 24, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. MikeH

    McDonnel is a traitor and a theocratic facist.

    Have pity on Virginia, they know not what they elected. Be prepared to move Federal troops into Virginia when McDonnel attempts to establish a Theocracy and an Inquisition.

    March 24, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. frank

    Ever been to rural Virginia? Not really educated up there. He's pandering to the base. And they love being pandered. Remember the Virginia is for lovers? Yup. Appalachian Trail pandering.

    Cue the Dueling Banjos....

    March 24, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Marc

    Oh boy, the 60's are back...

    March 24, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Publius Novus

    Bob McDonnell is a grandstander. Period.

    March 24, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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