ROANOKE, Va. — Next week will bring the next chapter in Virginia's challenge to federal health care reform, but Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the issue won't be resolved any time soon.
The constitutional challenge returns to Richmond's federal courthouse Monday for oral arguments. Cuccinelli filed the lawsuit in March, after President Obama signed the health care legislation into law. He argued that Virginians couldn't be compelled to purchase health insurance.
During a visit to Roanoke Tuesday afternoon, Cuccinelli told members of the Roanoke Bar Association that while he would like to "run the table" and win every step of the way, the issue won't be decided until it reaches the Supreme Court.
"It is a fairly close call," Cuccinelli told the audience of attorneys meeting at Roanoke's Shenandoah Club. "I do believe that we should prevail. I certainly believe the consequences of not prevailing are very significant."
Cuccinelli expects a decision from the District judge in Richmond by the end of November. A Supreme Court ruling could be two years away.