Wisconsin GOPers back bill to arrest officials who implement Obamacare

Republican lawmakers say they still don't buy that the law is Constitutional



Jillian Rayfield
November 15, 2012 2:58AM (UTC)

A group of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin say that they would back a bill that would declare the Affordable Care Act illegal, and allow law enforcement to arrest any federal officials who try to implement it.

The nine lawmakers were responding to a survey from the conservative advocacy group the Campaign For Liberty, and responded "yes" to the question: "Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare?"

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Gov. Scott Walker has until Friday to decide whether he'll create a health care exchange in the state as mandated by the law, or let the administration handle it.

Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he still believes the law is not constitutional, despite a Supreme Court ruling to the contrary. "Just because Obama was re-elected does not mean he's above the constitution," Kapenga said.

Another lawmaker said that he would also support a bill to require Walker to get permission from the legislature before implementing an exchange.  “That seems reasonable,” Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore told the Journal Sentinel. “It was making a statement to the federal government that we don’t want Obamacare.”

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Via ThinkProgress.

 


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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