MADISON, Wis. (CBS DC) — Nine GOP members of the Wisconsin Legislature have stated they will back a bill to arrest any federal officials attempting to implement President Obama’s federal health care law in their state.
Even though House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged that Obamacare is the “law of the land,” the group of Tea Party-affiliated Republicans is backing a bill that would arrest any federal officials who attempt to implement Obamacare in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The nine state lawmakers told the Tea Party-aligned Campaign For Liberty that they support authorizing “state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health scheme known as Obamacare.”
One of the nine lawmakers backing Campaign for Liberty’s proposal is state representative Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, who told the Journal Sentinel that he believes the health care law is unconstitutional.
“Just because Obama was reelected does not mean he’s above the constitution,” he told the Journal Sentinel.
Another one of the state lawmakers who responded to Campaign for Liberty’s survey, Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, said he would also support legislation preventing his governor from setting up a health exchange in the state without first getting approval from the state legislature — similar to a ballot initiative that passed last week in Missouri.
“That seems reasonable,” Pridemore told the Journal Sentinel. “It was making a statement to the federal government that we don’t want Obamacare.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has until Friday to notify the federal government if he plans to set up a state-run health care exchange. The governor has received pressure from both sides of the aisle, with Democrats urging Walker to establish a state-run system, while conservative group press him to continue to oppose the law.
Governors had over two years to decide on implementation of each state’s own exchanges, but many GOP governors delayed making the decision in hopes that the Supreme Court would overturn the federal legislation, or that it would be repealed if Obama lost the November election.
On Tuesday, Ohio became the latest state to opt out of implementing its own exchange.
“We still think it’s best at this time to let the federal government run the exchange,” Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said in a public statement.