McDonnell to sign Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign legislation that puts Virginia at odds with the new federal health insurance overhaul.

The Virginia Health Care Freedom Act bucks federal requirements that individuals must purchase health care insurance or face penalties.

McDonnell is expected to sign the bill Wednesday, a day after state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a lawsuit seeking to declare the new federal law unconstitutional.

Cuccinelli filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Richmond after President Barak Obama signed the federal law.

McDonnell would be the second governor to sign legislation that seeks to block some of the federal law's requirements.

Earlier this month, Idaho's governor signed legislation in that state.

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