Wisconsin To Join In Lawsuit To Overturn Healthcare Reform Bill

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 6:56 am

Wisconsin plans to ask a federal judge to join a multistate lawsuit challenging the new federal health care law.

Twenty states have brought a lawsuit in Florida against the new healthcare bill, which was signed into law in 2010. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, told the Associated press that he expects three other states to join as plaintiffs along with Wisconsin.

The lawsuit contends that the public mandate portion of the healthcare law, which requires that nearly all Americans carry insurance, is unconstitutional. It also challenges whether the federal government can require states to expand their Medicaid programs.

New Republican Gov. Scott Walker authorized Van Hollen to join the lawsuit hours after he was inaugurated last week. Van Hollen asked former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle for permission to join the lawsuit last year, but Doyle refused.

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