Virginia governor candidate blasts Obamacare in GOP weekly address
October 19th, 2013
10:50 AM ET
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Virginia governor candidate blasts Obamacare in GOP weekly address

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate in Virginia's 2013 gubernatorial race, gave the GOP weekly address on Saturday and used the opportunity to speak out against the Affordable Care Act.

"Obamacare represents one of the largest and most reckless expansions of government in the more than 200-year history of our nations," Cuccinelli said. "I believe that Obamacare is unconstitutional."

In 2010, Cuccinelli, Virginia's attorney general, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law. The Supreme Court upheld the law in a ruling last year.

In recent days however, Cuccinelli seemed to back away slightly in his criticism of Obamacare, calling it "the law of the land" and asking that congressional Republicans give up their effort to defund the law in order to end the partial government shutdown.

"It doesn’t mean that it’s all done and we are set and over with it," Cuccinelli said at an event in Fairfax, Virginia, earlier this month, "They don’t even know how they are going to implement it. We are learning a lot as we go here.”

Cuccinelli is locked in a close race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and a recent poll indicates the shutdown negatively impacted the Republican's campaign.

Polling shows Cuccinelli is trailing McAuliffe by single digits, and he has struggled to gain support among women. Critics have attacked Cuccinelli for his conservative views on abortion and claim he would act to limit access to contraception.

Cuccinelli's address comes the same day his opponent is scheduled to appear at an event alongside former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

With this address, Cuccinelli is hoping to put the spotlight back on Obamacare and the health care exchanges, the roll-out of which has been plagued by computer glitches that have prevented many from enrolling in health insurance.

"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," Cuccinelli said in the address. "Well that proved to be untrue."

Cuccinelli also criticized the law as costly for Virginia businesses and questioned the decision to delay a key provision that requires corporations to provide health insurance to their employees.


Filed under: GOP weekly address • Health care • Ken Cuccinelli
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    The Cucch is Done and he knows it. Just like Bob McDonnell in Virginia

    October 19, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. VA Karl

    We as Virginians want to see the state and the country come together as one. We all know those things that are needed, jobs, health care, a living wage, education, transportation, etc. For someone that wants to deny health care/preventive care to millions of people without having something else to replace it is heartless. I wish the playing field for those wanting to run for public office was level because although there may be more than two names on the ballet we only hear from the republican and democratic candidates. We need to level the playing field so we can get the best person for our state and country!!!

    October 19, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. NameObamatheClown

    Obama is a african/mexican monkey hehehehalol

    October 19, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. NameObamatheClown

    Monkey thing goes by the name hussein osama my bad i mean obama

    October 19, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. NameObamatheClown

    Hillary is osamas my bad i mean obamas ?itch

    October 19, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Mary Ann

    This guy is the poster boy for the GOP/teaparty terrorists!We know he's losing when he had Sarah Palin on stage with him last week.

    October 19, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Data Driven
    This race is the first test to see how Americans feel about the GOPhers' attempted coup d'etat and crashing of the global economy.

    Actually we started the process the other day in NJ. We sent a Tea Party nutjob packing and elected a black man to the Senate...

    October 19, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. mikle

    Obama care is going to kill america

    October 19, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    Cuccinelli is trailing McAuliffe by single digits"" he will end up trailing by double digits, when it's all said & done...

    "" one of the largest and most reckless expansions of government in the more than 200-year history of our nation""

    it's definitely not the ACA – – it's the constant "earmarks" that is in everything they pass, or every bill they pass. Why do you think Reid finally had to concede to McConnell ?

    Answer : Because McConnell had it loaded up w/ pork, all for his state of KY.......the bridges & etc, all on our dime. Pitiful group of lawmakers, up there in D.C.

    we'll never, ( and I mean never) get out of debt.....17 trillion & counting. And it's the ones that is complaining the most. (ie: the republicans) keep on, republicans, go ahead & put more pork in everything you pass, so Obama can sign it, so we can raise the debt ceiling, (again, in Jan /Feb) so we can keep the Gov't open........ (pitiful bunch of losers)

    October 19, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Joe S

    Palin, Cruz and Cucchinelli = The Three Stooges. Their comments are nothing short of idiocy, but wait, the Tea Party are of bunch of short sighted idiots.

    October 19, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Everyone knows republicans had The ACA website hacked. They are also overwhelming the website by jamming it over and over with false attempted logins.

    October 19, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    A teatard by any other name = cuchimamma.
    Against women, gays, healthcare for all Americans, birth control.

    October 19, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    @Jeff Brown,

    "Actually we started the process the other day in NJ. We sent a Tea Party nutjob packing and elected a black man to the Senate.."

    Absolutely! - thanks for the correction; I should have known better than that.

    October 19, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. golemmingsgo2013

    If you know anybody that does not have a voter registration card and a valid picture ID Help them out and get one this next election will be the most importent election there is 1 year till the next one and dont vote for anybody that would make it harder vote than register to get a gun

    October 19, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. norma jean

    After reading the letter .....i've decided that "Timmy"....not being whom he pretends to be probably washes cars at a local car dealers and lives out of his car......he sounds very phony to me!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Name Uche Agonsi

    These Repubs have basic goals in common, go against any benefit for the poor and Average Americans, and go for everything that would favour the rich and corporate Americans. But their undoing is that the poor and average Americans are the majority voters. Then what. The Repubs will use fear, treats, lies, and even some illusory words, like socialism, to influence/chaos these majority voter into voting for them(Repubs). The middle class Americans need to grow. This is the only way to oil properly the engine of capitalism. Eliminating measures to grow the middle class is uncondusive to Capitalism and Democracy.......... That is what the Repubs are doing right now.

    October 19, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. Lisa Sherman

    Stand your ground against Obamacare or lose votes. The people are waking up. Thank God finally , the people are waking up! And Jeff from NJ. A black man can be a great leader. but if the person is crazy, i don't care what color he is it's time for him to pack up and go. This is not about hate nor racism. It's time we all take our country back.

    October 20, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  18. HeavyMetal

    Let’s face it, Obama Care needs to be stop. Vladimir Lenin, one of the founding fathers of socialism and communism, said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialist state. That is where the USA is heading if we do not defund Obama Care.

    October 20, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  19. S. B. Stein

    If the GOP can provide another way for people to have access to medical insurance that isn't prohibitively expensive and won't drop them when they need a lot of coverage, then fine. Let the American people see it so that they can decide if it is worth it. The US has a disadvantage because other countries have a single payer system that allows other companies in other countries to lower expenses based on employees (the employees don't cost as much because the company doesn't has to pay for medical insurance).

    October 20, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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