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Motion to Dismiss Virginia Attorney General’s Healthcare Reform Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius filed a motion to dismiss in U.S. District Court to dismiss the Virginia Attorney General’s challenge of the healthcare reform law. The suit is separate from the legal action filed in Florida that includes 20 states. The Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, argued that Virginia was in a position to challenge the healthcare reform measure because of a law adopted in Virginia that states that individuals cannot be forced to buy health insurance in Virginia. The motion to dismiss filed by the Obama administration on Monday argues that Virginia had no standing to sue and that the Congressional power to regulate commerce renders the law constitutional.

Although the Obama administration has remained clear on its federal arguments defending the healthcare reform law, this motion to dismiss is the first time that these arguments have been formally submitted to a court.

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