Mary Wash Students Celebrate Health Care Law 2-Year Anniversary; Call on Cuccinelli to Stop Blocking Care, Thursday 3/22 at 5pm

Mary Washington Students Call on Attorney General Cuccinelli to Protect Consumers Instead of Health Insurance Profits


Students Celebrate the Two-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act By Calling on Attorney General Cuccinelli and Governor McDonnell to Stop Blocking Health Care Law


FREDERICKSBURG- Local college students will gather tomorrow at Monroe Hall at the University of Mary Washington to commemorate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to share their stories of how they have personally benefited from the law. They will illustrate how the law is already helping 53,900 young Virginians and will call upon Attorney General Cuccinelli and Governor McDonnell to stop blocking further implementation of the law in Virginia.


Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010, Attorney General Cuccinelli has consistently opposed the new law, which already provides free preventive care, protection against discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, a ban on lifetime coverage limits and a provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26 years old.  


The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing legal challenges to the ACA from March 26 to 28 in Washington, D.C.  A decision to overturn the law or any of its provisions could result in the loss of benefits to seniors, women, children and families. Attorney General Cuccinelli recently stated that he will continue to block the law regardless of the Supreme Court decision. Students will be collecting signatures for a petition asking Attorney General Cuccinelli and Governor McDonnell to stop blocking the health care law.


The University of Mary Washington rally will coincide with a dozen other events in Virginia and more than 300 other events taking place across the country this week with seniors, children, small-business owners and young people coming together to explain how they are already being helped by the Affordable Care Act and to highlight what is at stake as opponents of reform work overtime to take away those benefits in state legislatures, in Congress and at the U.S. Supreme Court.


WHO:  UMW Virginia Organizing Chapter


WHAT: Rally “Attorney General Cuccinelli Stop Playing Politics With Our Health Care”        


WHEN:  Thursday, March 22, 5:00pm


WHERE:  Outside Monroe Hall, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.