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Cuccinelli, Coakley face off over health care law

Thursday - 2/2/2012, 9:21am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will square off against Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on the constitutionality of the federal health care overhaul.

The Feb. 9 event at the National Press Club in Washington will serve as a prelude to the U.S. Supreme Court's consideration of challenges to the law in March. A decision could be reached by June.

Cuccinelli challenged the overhaul, claiming part of the law that requires individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014 is unconstitutional. A federal appeals court threw out his lawsuit, but Cuccinelli has appealed.

His case is among more than 30 lawsuits that have been filed challenging the health care overhaul.

Coakley has knowledge of the Massachusetts health care legislation and will discuss both the state and federal laws.


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