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Politics from McDonnell on anniversary of health-care bill

Gov. Bob McDonnell played some politics with a statement released on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the signing of the health-care reform legislation.

“Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s signing of the hastily passed 2,700 page federal healthcare bill that creates an unprecedented intrusion on America’s strong free enterprise system and places enormous unfunded mandates on the states,” the statement began, before noting that Virginia was also the first state to file suit over the constitutionality of the law.

That suit and others filed in other federal courts are making their way through the appellate process. McDonnell used his statement on the anniversary of the signing of the law to restate his position on that review. Virginia has asked that the review skip through normal channels to go straight to the United States Supreme Court, a move that the Obama administration has opposed.

“As we move past this one year anniversary, we must get clarity on a law that will have a huge impact on states, business and individuals in the years ahead, should it be implemented,” McDonnell said. “We need to improve our healthcare system, but this is the wrong way to do it. It must be replaced with improvements to our excellent medical care system in a way that improves access and reduces costs, while not stifling innovation and creating unsustainable burdens on the states.”

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