Ex-US Attorney Generals Back Virginia Health Care Reform Lawsuit

October 12, 2010 - 4:04 PM

(AP) - Three former U.S. attorneys general are supporting Virginia's lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform law.

A friend-of-the-court brief filed Tuesday by Republicans William Barr, Edwin Meese and Dick Thornburgh supports Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's claim that Congress lacks authority to require citizens to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The insurance mandate is the chief issue in Virginia's lawsuit.

The former attorneys general wrote that if the government can force citizens to buy health insurance, there's nothing to stop it from requiring Americans to buy a General Motors car or take out a mortgage.

The Justice Department, which is defending the health care law, had no comment on the brief.