Prominent State Attorneys General to Lead National Press Club Newsmaker on Health Act Constitutionality, 10 A.M. Thursday, Feb.

MASS. AG MARTHA COAKLEY AND VA. AG KEN CUCCINELLI, ON OPPOSING SIDES, TO SPEAK, TAKE MEDIA QUESTIONS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State attorneys general Martha Coakley of Massachusetts and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia will lead a National Press Club Newsmaker, "The Affordable Health Care Act -- Constitutional or Not?", at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, as a prelude to the Supreme Court's March consideration of the law. The event is at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

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Coakley and Cuccinelli will each speak for 15 minutes on opposing sides, then take questions for 30 minutes from the media.

Cuccinelli brings personal experience with his state's legislation, laws and national leadership concerning the federal health care lawsuit, while Coakley has deep knowledge of the Massachusetts legislation and will discuss state and federal laws.

The attorneys general have been invited to address several facets of the case the Supreme Court is taking up, including the health care mandate, the tax basis, the general welfare aspect, expansion of Medicaid, severability, the law's provisions and other areas. The Supreme Court is preparing for three days of consideration March 26-28 with five-and-a-half hours of debate and a possible June decision, so the Press Club event will be a timely preamble.

SOURCE National Press Club

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