One more state is expected to file suit challenging the constitutionality of the health care overhaul law.
On Scott Walker's first day as Wisconsin's new governor Monday, he hand-delivered authorization to State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to proceed with a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Van Hollen has wanted to challenge the legislation since it passed in March but did not have the required support from then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, or the state legislature.
During the Republican Walker’s campaign, he said he would authorize Wisconsin to join the multi-state lawsuit. It is unclear whether Wisconsin would join the 20-state lawsuit or file its own case.
In a statement, Van Hollen said the individual mandate requiring citizens to purchase health insurance or face penalties is unconstitutional. In December, a federal judge in Virginia ruled the mandate was unconstitutional. However, two other courts have upheld the legislation.