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Rep. Richards calls on Gov. Walker to renounce arresting federal officials who are doing their jobs

Today Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee), the ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Health, released the following statement calling on Gov. Walker to oppose any legislation that would call for the arrest of federal officials who try to implement the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin.

By - Nov 15th, 2012 03:56 pm
MADISON – Today Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee), the ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Health, released the following statement calling on Gov. Walker to oppose any legislation that would call for the arrest of federal officials who try to implement the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin.New reports show that nine Republican legislators have signed a pledge with the right-wing Campaign for Liberty agreeing to support or even sponsor such legislation:“I call on Gov. Walker to affirm that he will never allow federal health care officials who are implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act to be arrested in Wisconsin for dutifully doing their job. I also ask the governor to vow that if such legislation were to reach his desk, he would veto it.“The law these officials would be implementing requires coverage for people with preexisting conditions and prevents people from being dropped from insurance due to a lifetime coverage limit.“It is deeply troubling to me that nine members of Wisconsin’s legislative delegation promised to vote for – and possibly sponsor – such legislation. Twenty Tea Party organizations have written to the governor wrongheadedly asking him to break the law and calling this his ‘moment of truth.’“Gov. Walker must not only renounce this extremist legislation, but move forward working diligently with all stakeholders to implement the new health-care law that will help Wisconsin consumers and families.”
(Campaign for Liberty website survey here.)

Legislators agreeing to vote for the legislation are: Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Don Pridemore (R- Hartford, Erik Severson (R-Star Prairie), Tom Larson (R-Colfax), Scott Krug (R-Wisconsin Rapids) and Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin). Incoming legislators Rob Hutton, Mark Born and Dave Murphy also signed on.

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