Virginia AG says Ky. entrance into health care lawsuit would be historical point of judicial system

09/29/2011 03:56 PM

LOUISVILLE — With the U.S. Supreme Court sure to take up the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law soon, many supporters of the law are saying there’s no point to adding parties to existing lawsuits.

But Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, one of the lead attorneys general fighting the case in federal court, disagreed with those supporters at a news conference in Louisville today. Instead the next state to file a brief saying the law is unconstitutional would be a tipping point for states battling the case, Cuccinelli said.

Currently there are 29 states involved in one of three lawsuits saying the law is constitutional, with Cuccinelli having been the first attorney general to do so.

Appearing with Republican Attorney General candidate Todd P’Pool at the Galt House today, Cuccinelli said if P’Pool is elected, having Kentucky be the 30th state to oppose the law would be an historic marker when it comes to the amount of states opposing a single federal law.

Joining those lawsuits is a cornerstone of P’Pool’s campaign to unseat Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway.

After Cuccinelli spoke, P’Pool unveiled a new piece of his platform, saying he would further follow in Cuccinelli’s footsteps by creating a federalism division in the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.

The move is also something Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has created in his state. A few weeks ago, Pruitt, a Kentucky native, campaigned with P’Pool in Central Kentucky.

P’Pool said he would rearrange resources in the office in order to create the division, but he added he would not take money or resources away from law enforcement or consumer protection focuses to do so.

Cuccinelli will also headline a fundraiser for P’Pool tonight in Elizabethtown. On Saturday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will headline a fundraiser for P’Pool in Louisville.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston

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