States are already lining up to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Virginia is among at least10 states that have agreed to file a lawsuit challenging the legislation.
Attorney GeneralKen Cuccinelli (R-VA)said early Monday that he will file a court challenge against what he and other conservatives decry as an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.
Cuccinelli said he would file the lawsuit as soon as President Barack Obama signs the bill passed Sunday night into law.
'With this law, the federal government will force citizens to buy health insurance, claiming it has the authority to do so because of its power to regulate interstate commerce. We contend that if a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person by definition is not engaging in commerce, and therefore, is not subject to a federal mandate,'he said in a statement posted on his Website.
David Mills, executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, called it a frivilous lawsuit.
'The Attorney General knows that this health care lawsuit is nothing but political theater. He ought to get back to doing the people's business, and stop wasting our money,' he said Monday.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) said Monday night, 'Virginia's Attorney General has rightly chosen to challenge the constitutionality of the federal mandate. I anticipate that he will be joined by a number of other states. The issues raised by Attorney General Cuccinelli require a full and prompt review by the judicial branch.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said he planned to file the complaint 'the moment Obama signs the bill.'
Abbott pledged to pursue the case 'to protect all Texans' constitutional rights, preserve the constitutional framework intended by our nation's founders and defend our state from further infringement by the federal government.'
Other states planning to challenge the bill were Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the measure 'tramples on individual liberty and dumps on the states the burden of an unfunded mandate that taxpayers cannot afford.'
Bruning, a Republican, is president of the National Association of Attorneys General. His statement did not explain why he believes the bill is unconstitutional. But other attorneys general have said it violates state sovereignty by mandating that all Americans have some form of health insurance.
The House voted 219-212 late Sunday to approve the overhaul, which would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans and make a host of other changes. Obama could sign the bill as early as Tuesday.
Meantime,Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the committee chairmen signed the massive bill Monday, a formality before the bill is signed by President Barack Obama.
Pelosi said Sunday night the House made history and added: 'It's on a par with passing Social Security and Medicare.'
The president planned to sign the measure on Tuesday
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