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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LEGISLATORS ASK ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PROTECT THE STATE FROM FEDERAL HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                            March 22, 2010 FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROBIN VOS                                                                                                        608-266-9171

STATE REPERSENTATIVE SCOTT SUDER                                                                                  608-267-0280

LEGISLATORS ASK ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PROTECT THE STATE FROM FEDERAL HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER  

34 sign letter urging action from Attorney General Van Hollen.

Madison Following passage of the massive federal takeover of health care last night, Representatives Robin Vos (R-Caledonia) and Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) were joined by 32 of their colleagues in asking Attorney General Van Hollen to take action against the legislation.  The letter asks Van Hollen to join attorneys general from across the country who’ve expressed concerns about the constitutionality of this legislation.

“The only thing bipartisan about this bill was the opposition,” said Vos.  “Congressional Democrats had to beg, borrow and steal their way to the 216 votes they needed to pass this bill and the people of Wisconsin are going to be the losers.  This is an unconstitutional takeover of health care and we need to do all we can to protect our state from the fallout.”

The legislation imposes a massive tax by fining all American citizens who choose not to be covered by health insurance.  The bill also contains a provision known as the Cornhusker Kickback which requires the federal government to fully fund Nebraska’s Medicaid program while requiring the remaining 49 states to continue funding a portion of their plans.

“We are asking the Attorney General to take appropriate and responsible action to protect Wisconsin from this government power grab,” said Suder. “The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly grants the states the sovereignty needed to opt-out of federal laws such as this. Why should our taxpayers have to pay for the Cornhusker Kickback or the Louisiana Purchase or any other unfunded mandate in this unconstitutional bill?”

While an amendment process has been discussed at the federal level, the bill passed by the House of Representatives will be enacted into law once the President signs it.  Immediate action is required if the state desires to take action.

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