Wisconsin GOP lawmakers support arresting federal officials over Obamacare
Nine Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin have said they would support a bill arresting federal officials for implementing the Affordable Care Act.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the group — Reps. Chris Kapenga (R), Don Pridemore (R), Erik Severson (R), Tom Larson (R) Rog Hutton (R), and Mark Born (R) and Sen. Mary Lazich (R) — stated their intentions as part of a questionnaire handed to state assembly candidates by the right-wing group Campaign for Liberty.
The question dealing particularly with the health-care measure said, “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?” Though the nickname for the law was started by the GOP, President Barack Obama eventually adopted the name, saying, “I do care.”
Only 29 out of the state’s 131 lawmakers responded to the survey.
Governor Scott Walker (R) has until Friday to decide whether to implement a state healthcare exchange or leave implementation of the ACA to the Obama administration.
The mandate, which requires individuals to buy health care coverage or risk fines, effective 2014, was upheld by the Supreme Court in June. Despite that fact, Kapenga insisted it was unconstitutional.
“Just because Obama was re-elected does not mean he’s above the constitution,” he told the newspaper.
House Republicans at the federal level have passed a horde of bills calling for it to be repealed, but more recently, House speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) suggested those efforts would cease following Obama’s re-election.
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[h/t Think Progress]