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State attorney general: Wisconsin must comply with health care law; Governor has discretion on timing

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Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON (WRN) Wisconsinites won’t be seeing effects of Supreme Court ruling any time soon.

Governor Walker opposes so-called ObamaCare, despite the High Court’s decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act. Walker calls it a massive tax increase on the general public.Wisconsin is one of 26 states joining forces in a federal lawsuit over the constitutionality of the law, yet on Thursday in reaction to the ruling, State Attorney General JB Van Hollen says Walker must follow the law. “What he and the rest of the state are going to be obligated to do is to comply with the law. The law indicates that certain things have to be done within certain time frames. That has to be obliged.”

Van Hollen says some of those time frames do have liberal windows. Walker vows not to implement any of the federal health care law before the November elections, at which time he hopes a Republican president and Congress will repeal and replace the law.

The state’s top cop advises everyone to follow the law, however, Van Hollen doesn’t give policy-making advice to the governor or legislature. “It’s up to them to make the policy judgement as to whether they might implement things sooner rather than later, at risk of doing things that might not have to be done if the law is actually thrown out by a future president and Congress.”

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig says Walker now has a “moral obligation” to enact the provisions. Wisconsin’s congressional delegation remains divided on the issue.

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