Cuccinelli optimistic about Virginia’s health care challenge; Evans: DC Council must resist tax hikes

December 9, 2010 - 05:07 PM
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a veteran trial attorney, knows it’s risky to predict how a judge will rule, but at this point he says he feels pretty good about his attempt to overturn President Obama’s signature initiative, the 2009 health care reform law.

Cuccinelli (R), one of several attorneys general to file suit against “Obamacare,” contends that Congress exceeded its authority under the Constitution’s Commerce clause when it mandated that Americans purchase health insurance. He says the fine that would be imposed on people who failed to buy government-approved coverage represents a second, distinct error. He expects a ruling on his challenge quite soon.

Virginia’s health care reform challenge was one of several topics we discussed with him today. Also discussed: his pursuit of a U-Va. climate scientist, abortion and attacks from “the liberal media.” Part 1 of our interview airs at 4pm & 6pm. Part 2 is here:

We also talked today with DC Councilman Jack Evans, chairman of the panel’s Finance and Revenue Committee. Evans (D) continues to maintain that city leaders must resist the temptation to raise taxes as they battle a $188 million budget shortfall. Because revenues have yet to rebound, he expects more budget-cutting to be necessary next year. While critics maintain that this is a difficult time to be cutting programs that aid vulnerable residents, Evans points to recent growth in the city’s budget, saying there’s a limit to the amount of government taxpayers can afford.

Evans heaped praised on Mayor-elect Vince Gray’s selection of Allen Lew to be City Administrator, and he expressed the hope that Mr. Gray keep Police Chief Cathy Lanier, though he said repeatedly that Gray has the right to name the department heads of his choosing.

We also talked about what it would take to get the Redskins to move back to the District, calling it a case of “when, not if” the team moves back from Prince George’s County.

Our interview with Mr. Evans can also be seen today at 4pm & 6pm.

Friday at 10am on NewsTalk: Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly, and a live update on the Beacon House Falcons successful run in the Pop Warner football playoffs in Florida.

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