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Happy Birthday ObamaCare, ObamaCare Lawsuit!

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Obamacare bill becoming the Obamacare law, as President Barack Obama added his signature to the legislation. It also marks the one year anniversary of Virginia's lawsuit contesting the bill's constitutionality (and defending the Virginia Health Freedom Act), as lawyers from the Office of Attorney General moments after the signing ceremony memorably walked the petition a few blocks north in downtown Richmond to the new Federal District Courthouse that now dominates Broad Street. Ever since, the issue has dominated the news. Virginia won rounds one (beating back the feds' motion to dismiss) and two (the ruling that the law is unconstitutional). Now the Obama Justice Department is appealing to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which maintains a modest residence on Main Street in a building the Confederacy used as its administrative offices, just next door to the OAG. The appeal will be heard in May. More symbolism: Richmond's unfancied VCU soundly defeated Washington's big, bad, sophisticated Georgetown in the NCAA Basketball Tournament last weekend, the second of its three upset wins last week. A sign that Richmond does things better than D.C.? That the third time also will be a charm? That the righteous and smaller underdog, the scoffed at state capital will defeat the unjust behemoth federal city? We'll see.

In the meantime, below is a statement issued today by Governor Bob McDonnell on the twin anniversaries:

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s signing of the hastily passed 2,700 page federal healthcare bill that creates an unprecedented intrusion on America’s strong free enterprise system and places enormous unfunded mandates on the states. It was also one year ago that Virginia became the first state to file suit against the federal government over the constitutionality of this law. Today, lawmakers, state leaders, and our citizens remain as concerned about the provisions of the law as they were on the day the bill was signed.

It is estimated that implementation of the federal healthcare bill will cost Virginia $2 billion between now and 2022. While we all agree that we must make healthcare more affordable, accessible and accountable, it cannot occur in a manner that infringes on our constitutional rights, makes it harder for private-sector employers to hire new workers, creates major new government bureaucracies, raises taxes and places unfunded mandates on states that we simply cannot afford. We need to improve healthcare in our nation with common sense, free market solutions, not a federal government controlled plan.

A majority of governors across the county strongly support our call for an expedited review by the Supreme Court of the pending health care lawsuits. This will permit us to obtain certainty and finality on the law promptly, and the Obama Administration’s opposition to this request is extremely disappointing and not in the best interest of the American people. As we move past this one year anniversary, we must get clarity on a law that will have a huge impact on states, business and individuals in the years ahead, should it be implemented. We need to improve our healthcare system, but this is the wrong way to do it. It must be replaced with improvements to our excellent medical care system in a way that improves access and reduces costs, while not stifling innovation and creating unsustainable burdens on the states.

Virginia News Stand: August 18, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Virginia's own, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, makes the national headlines, again, with his rebuttal of the administration's analysis of its "stimulus" program. He says it ain't working. Speaking of money, the commonwealth is going to report more bad news tomorrow on revenue projections on which to fund the budget, which means more cuts are on the way by the DNC Chairman, Governor Tim Kaine.

As Chris wrote in the previous post, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds has yet another position on abortion. First, it wasn't going to be an issue. Then it became an issue for everyone. Now, it's one only for the poor. See the analysis by J.R. Hoeft at BearingDrift.com.

There's a lot else going on. Of course, health care, which is all consuming, it seems. But there's a new angle — the White House invasion of your e-mail. Bobby Eberle and others discuss it, as well as the thought-cop in chief, the new "Diversity Czar." Then, there's the AARP, deservedly losing members for flirting with siding with socialized medicine and rationed care for its own constituency! Plus, don't miss the always great Thomas Sowell's take on it. We also have more on the Obama Justice Department trying its best to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act in a underhanded way.

For those who think only the left knows how to generate engaged communities of activists via the new media, 600 conservative bloggers and online activists gathered in Philly last weekend at the Right Online conference. Rachel Alexander has the exciting details. We have several commentaries on the old school activism — town hall style.

Finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to American Family Association Founder Don Wildmon, who is in the hospital suffering from meningitis. He was in intensive care, but his son reports improvement.

News:

Assembly hears the bad news tomorrow (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Virginians Divided On Obama's Actions (Washington Post)

McDonnell pays visit to UVa, touts affordable tuition plan (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Va. Northern Neck GOP Embraces Crabill — Again (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

2 more Republicans say they will challenge Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National:

Obama disses marriage law as Justice defends it (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Cantor: Stimulus not working as advertised (AP/GOPUSA.com)

White House says it did not send unwanted e-mails (AP/GOPUSA.com)

AARP loses members over health care stance (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Christian leader hospitalized with meningitis (AP/OneNewsNow.com)

Analysis:

Deeds supports abortion for only the poor? (J.R. Hoeft/BearingDrift.com)

Say Hello to the Diversity Czar (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

600 Pack out Right Online conference last weekend (Rachel Alexander/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary:

Whose Medical Decisions? (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

From Tea Parties To The 9/12 Project, Americans Are Challenging The Government (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)

Obama's Thought Police Invading Your Inbox (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Towhall Power! Americans Making A Difference (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)