AG Van Hollen says Gov. Walker must comply with health care law
MADISON- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Gov. Scott Walker must follow the federal health care reform law. Although, the Attorney General says, he can legally wait until November's election to implement parts of it.
The U.S. Supreme Court found the law constitutional on Thursday, but Walker, a Republican, has vowed not to implement it until after the November elections. The governor hopes the next president and Congress will repeal the law.
Nearly 30 states, including Wisconsin, sued over the law, alleging it was unconstitutional. Van Hollen, a Republican, handled Wisconsin's participation in the lawsuit.
But he said Thursday that Walker is obligated to follow the law according to its deadlines.
"Parts of it have already been put underway," said Van Hollen to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News. "Other parts (Governor Walker) can put on hold. The reality is that there are a number of parts of this law that give options to the states and give time frames that allow wiggle room."
Asked at a news conference whether he was obligated to conform to the law, Walker responded by saying the legislation establishes multiple timelines.