Wisconsin once helped lead a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act, but on Thursday the state Department of Justice announced it was joining a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to keep the law intact.
“This effort to take down the Affordable Care Act threatens to cause severe damage to public health and to undermine Wisconsinites’ financial security at a time when we should be acting to strengthen protections for both,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul at an online news conference organized by the ACA advocacy group Protect Our Care. “This case was wrong from the start, but it’s especially misguided during a pandemic.”
Kaul is joining attorneys general for the states of Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Pennsylvania in filing the brief in the case of California et al vs. Texas et al. The lawsuit, brought by the state of Texas and backed by the Trump administration, seeks the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law under President Barack Obama.