Wisconsin Poised to Challenge Healthcare Law

Tuesday, 04 Jan 2011 04:33 PM

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Wisconsin's new Republican governor has cleared the way for the Badger State to sue the federal government in a quest to halt the national healthcare overhaul, the National Journal reports. Gov. Scott Walker used his first day in office Monday to authorize the state's attorney general to file suit.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, healthcare law, challengeIt's not clear whether Wisconsin will pursue its own case or became the 21st state to join collective legal challenges filed last year to the Affordable Care Act. Either way, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen shares Walker's belief that the law's individual mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.

GOP governors also promise to be a joint force under the aegis of the Republican Governors Association. Phil Cox, the new executive director of that group, told The Hill that it will play a pivotal role in organizing Republican governors against the law.

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