Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli delivers this week's Republican address, in which he discusses his view that President Obama's health care law "was fundamentally broken even before it started."
"During the debate over this law, citizens in the Commonwealth were told they could easily access information about their health care choices and join the system, well that proved to be untrue. They were told their premiums wouldn't increase, that proved to be false. And they were told they could keep access to their insurance and their doctors, and that proved to be downright dishonest," Cuccinelli says in the address.
Cuccinelli, who is currently campaigning in the race for Virginia governor, was the first attorney general in the country to challenge the law in federal court.
Read the full transcript of the Republican address:
"Hello, I'm Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
"Today, our nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia face tremendous challenges. Citizens are seeking leaders who are willing to speak out and stand up for our first principles and take on a federal government that is out of control, eating away our liberty and crushing opportunity.
"This gross government overreach is best exemplified in the so-called Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare represents one of the largest and most reckless expansions of government in the more than 200-year history of our nation.
"I believe that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. I believe it's an affront to the freedoms and liberties our founding fathers fought to establish on our behalf. I'm proud to say many of those heroes were Virginians, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.
"Because I believed ObamaCare was an affront to our liberty, I stood up. I was the first attorney general in America to challenge the law in federal court. And today, I continue to search for avenues to minimize ObamaCare's hurtful impact on Virginians.
"During the debate over this law, citizens in the Commonwealth were told they could easily access information about their health care choices and join the system, well that proved to be untrue. They were told their premiums wouldn't increase, that proved to be false. And they were told they could keep access to their insurance and their doctors, and that proved to be downright dishonest.
"Today, our citizens are deeply concerned about what the future holds. What kind of country will we hand to our children? As a husband and proud father of seven, my wife and I share these concerns.
"It's why I stood up and said ObamaCare is not right for Virginia. It's why I fought alongside 27 other state attorneys general and said ObamaCare is not right for America. It's why I am sharing this message with you today. I know we can do better
"My alma mater -- the University of Virginia -- just announced that it will no longer be able to provide health care coverage to many spouses of their thousands of employees. And just two weeks ago, the Fairfax County Water Authority, a significant government employer in Northern Virginia, announced that it's going to have to drop coverage for its employees because of ObamaCare's taxes.
"Everywhere you look, there's more evidence that ObamaCare was fundamentally broken even before it started. And while our citizens bear the brunt of the law, it seems like big corporations and special interests have gotten exempted. Even Members of Congress are getting preferential treatment, yet everyday Virginians, of whom I am privileged to count myself, are paying the costs and experiencing diminished freedoms.
"President Obama's ideas are deeply flawed and the implementation of this law has been a national embarrassment. Let me be plain, the law that carries the President's name is the hallmark of a reckless federal government that has lost its way.
"As Attorney General of a Commonwealth which was one of our nation's first 13 colonies, and the birthplace of American democracy, I'll never stand by and watch as our hard fought freedoms are taken away.
"We can do better. We need to provide flexibility and choice within our health care system. Our citizens shouldn't be forced to choose insurance providers and doctors who've been preselected by government bureaucrats. We need to open up the insurance market and allow cross state purchase of insurance to drive competition and lower premiums.
"Physicians are fleeing Medicaid because they're paid so little and have to spend more time completing regulatory paperwork, time they would rather spend treating their patients. Our citizens should be able to choose the health care providers who they believe will provide the best care for their needs, and we shouldn't have to make our healthcare decisions with 16,000 IRS agents looming as the ObamaCare enforcers.
"Most importantly, we need to reverse the perverse incentives that have raised the cost of insurance premiums and have forced employers to drop health care benefits and full-time jobs in order to stay in business.
"Our health care system should be transparent at all levels and provide pricing to inform and empower American families.
"We should support market based solutions for health care reform and empower patients free of government control. More and more government in health care has proven to make it worse, not better! America needs to go the other way, trusting our people and our doctors to work out a system that's best for healthcare, not marching to the senseless beat of some far off government drum.
"If the politicians who gave us this train wreck expect us to live by this law, then the same law without special exemptions should apply to Congress. Is that really too much to ask?
"ObamaCare serves as a grave threat to the future prosperity of the citizens of Virginia, and I'll continue to resist expanding it. Not just in Washington, but in every state in America. I promise that I'll do my part in Virginia, and I know you'll do yours! Together we can make America better tomorrow than it is today.
"Thank you for listening.
"God bless each one of you.
"And God bless our beloved country."
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