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Gov. Doyle denies A.G. Van Hollen's request


MADISON (WKOW) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Thursday morning announced that his office is seeking the required authorization to bring an action to contest certain provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In a news release, Van Hollen said he's doing so, to "protect Wisconsin's sovereign interests and that of its citizens."

The formal request was made to Governor 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.

Early Thursday afternoon, Governor Jim Doyle sent a letter to Van Hollen, denying his request.

Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson says Van Hollen's actions are wrong, saying the bill would provide health insurance to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

"And he's trying to take that away from them," Nelson, (D) Kaukauna, said.


Copy of Letter from Gov. Doyle to A.G. Van Hollen

Dear Attorney General Van Hollen:

I have received your request for permission to file an action to contest national health insurance reform. I am denying that request.

This law is an act of Congress, signed by the President of the United States. The lawsuit you suggest is a frivolous and political attempt to thwart the actions of Congress and the law of the country.

National health insurance reform will extend coverage to more than 172,000 Wisconsin residents and will benefit families and small businesses throughout the state.

This year, small business owners will receive tax credits to buy health insurance. Insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to American children because of a pre-existing condition; nor will they be able to drop someone's coverage when they get sick and need it the most.

This law enhances the actions taken by my Administration to make Wisconsin America's health care leader.

The State of Wisconsin will not enter into litigation intended to deny health care for tens of thousands of residents.


Jim Doyle



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