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Withdraw Wisconsin from lawsuit seeking to overturn Obamacare

Evers said he would send a letter when he takes office that says: “As my first act in office, I am immediately withdrawing the authority previously provided under Wis. Stat. § 165.25(1m) for Wisconsin to participate in litigation over the Affordable Care Act in Texas, et al. v. the United States.”

He also pledged to “extend protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing health conditions. It is estimated that half of Wisconsinites have some kind of pre-existing health condition like cancer, diabetes, a heart condition, obesity or depression.”

This promise focuses on the first part -- withdrawing the state from the Obamacare lawsuit.

Subjects: Health Care

Updates

After a delay, lawsuits open window to allow withdrawal

Gov. Tony Evers promised on the campaign trail that his first action as governor would be to withdraw Wisconsin from a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.

That promise hit a snag when lame-duck legislation passed by the Republican Legislature — after Evers was elected but before he was sworn in — blocked Evers and new Attorney General Josh Kaul, another Democrat, from doing so. Those laws were challenged in court, and though appeals remain, they have so far been ruled unconstitutional.

That cleared the way for Evers and Kaul to begin pulling out of the lawsuits March 21, 2019. On April 9,  2019, a federal appeals court allowed Wisconsin to drop out of the last of the lawsuits involving the ACA, commonly called Obamacare.

We rate this Promise Kept.

Sources:

Tony Evers campaign website, Evers Releases Letter He'd Send First Day in Office: Withdrawing Wisconsin from Lawsuit Gutting Pre-Existing Conditions, Oct. 22, 2018

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Judge lets Wisconsin out of two Obamacare lawsuits, handing Gov. Tony Evers a victory, April 2, 2019

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tony Evers, Josh Kaul move to exit Obamacare lawsuit after judge blocks GOP lame-duck laws, March 21, 2019

Email exchange with Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers, April 15-16, 2019