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Wisconsin to Challenge Health Care Overhaul

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.

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