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AG Van Hollen Seeks Authorization to Contest Constitutionality of Health Care Overhaul


"Wisconsin must act to protect its sovereign interests and the interests of the citizens of this state"


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today requested authorization necessary to bring an action to contest certain provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and protect Wisconsin's sovereign interests and that of its citizens. The request was made to Governor James E. Doyle and both Senate and Assembly leadership.


State law requires the Governor or either house of the Legislature authorize the Attorney General to file all such actions.


Attorney General Van Hollen has concluded there exists sufficient legal basis to contest the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act based on its threat to the individual interests of Wisconsin citizens and the sovereign interests of the state.


A copy of Attorney General Van Hollen's letter may be viewed at:


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