Wisconsin withdraws from multistate lawsuit seeking repeal of ObamaCare


Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) announced Thursday they would remove Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare.

Kaul filed a motion in court Thursday asking that Wisconsin be removed from the lawsuit just hours after a judge issued a temporary block on a law introduced last year by Republican lawmakers aimed at limiting Evers’s powers.

The laws limiting Evers’s and Kaul’s powers were signed by former Gov. Scott Walker (R) last year during a lame-duck legislative session. While the laws were quickly challenged and ultimately blocked, they limited the new leadership from getting Wisconsin out of the ObamaCare repeal lawsuit until now.

{mosads}The GOP-controlled Legislature passed the laws in December in an unscheduled “extraordinary session” after Walker lost his bid for a third term to Evers.

“The Legislature overplayed its hand by using an unlawful process to accumulate more power for itself and override the will of the people, despite the outcome of last November’s election,” Evers said in a post on Twitter. “I look forward to putting this disappointing chapter behind us so we can move forward together to put the needs of the people of Wisconsin first.”

Republican legislative leaders said they would appeal the judge’s decision.

Both Evers and Kaul campaigned on pulling Wisconsin from the lawsuit, arguing that ObamaCare was beneficial for many residents of the state.

Wisconsin signed on to the lawsuit under Walker, joining 20 other states seeking to overturn ObamaCare.


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