VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Backtracks On Ignoring Affordable Care Act

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA)

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA)

Rightwing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) does not like the Affordable Care Act. In addition to his challenge to the law in federal court, he told a Politico reporter earlier this month that there was little the federal government could do to states if they refused to implement the law.

The Washington Post quoted the interview:

In a brief interview at the Republican Attorneys General Association meeting, Cuccinelli said it would be “contrary to the law” not to implement it. But he pointed out that it might not be easy for the federal government to force states to comply if they continued to resist. “It’s not like there’s criminal penalties out there — it becomes a power struggle,” he said. Cuccinelli noted that it would not be the first time that states have tried to obstruct federal laws, pointing out that states resisted complying with the Alien and Sedition Acts and fugitive slave laws. “There have been periods of time when states have just thrown their hands up and said, ‘We’re not going to do this,’” he said. “It’s still possible, but it’s outside the expected legal structure.

But when pressed on this subject yesterday, Virginia Organizing caught him striking a rather different tone — saying “I expect everyone to obey the law,” if it is upheld by the Supreme Court.

Watch the video:

It’s wonderful that Cuccinelli now wants everyone to obey the law. Perhaps he might start with himself.