Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Gov. Scott Walker must follow the federal health care law.

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.

Asked at a news conference whether he was obligated to conform to the law, Walker responded by saying the legislation establishes multiple timelines.

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Cantbelievewhatisee
Cantbelievewhatisee

This comment page is ridiculous. Another embarrassing example of Wisconsin liberals. I can only imagine what anyone new moving into this state must think after reading this nonsense....You liberals need to get out more.... Smell the roses.... Rest your brains.....

witness2012
witness2012

If Walker stalls on this and doesn't set up the health exchanges, the feds will come in and do it for him.

Is that what he wants?

In terms of waiting for the results of the November election, even if Romney wins, does he really think this would be easy to overturn? The AHCA is not perfect, but it allows people who were excluded from the current system to have coverage and those people are voters.

Overturning it will be as epic a struggle as passing it was,so it's unlikely that Romney could do that which means the law stays in place.

So, Wisconsin will have their exchanges set up by the feds- it might work better for the citizens in the state that way- but Walker will be slapped down pretty thoroughly by it.

rjd_in_gb
rjd_in_gb

I like sngracie's post. It may get very interesting to watch the dynamics between JBVH and Walker, going forward. Particularly if Walker gets and extreme legal problem in his face in about 45 more days.

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

So, does anybody still think we're not dealing with crazy people?
What exactly do these teabaggers think the purpose of health insurance is?
Obviously they believe it's just a way to make profit while denying policy holders coverage.
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Senator Says Employers Should Be Able To Deny Coverage To Cancer Patients Because ‘Our Nation Was Based On Freedom’

Discussing health care outside the Supreme Court today, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told ThinkProgress that there “shouldn’t” be a law requiring businesses to cover employees who have cancer because that would “create an obligation” for others.
Unfortunately, he is not the first person to suggest that businesses should be permitted to deny insurance to cancer patients. Last week, Indiana Republican Senate nominee Richard Mourdock similarly argued that employers should be allowed to deny coverage to cancer patients “if they want to keep their health care costs down.”

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/28/508299/ron-johnson-cancer-patients/

whatistruth
whatistruth

We all know that when it comes time to pay, they do not want to & avoid it at almost all costs.

In the back-to-the-future currently in vogue, perhaps we should put these people on ice bergs and float them out to sea... but then due to global warming with how the corps treat the environment, they are disappearing... but wait, there was that "supply & demand" argument... so they could then raise the price of the berg.

Johnson was a mistake and continues to prove it.

But then since he is part of the 1%... the possibilities are endless with that, aren't they?

ST20
ST20

50 % tax payers will pay for 50% non paying tax payers healthcare until the 50% that pays taxes runs out of monies for the takers.Freebies of the Obama liberals WILL destroy the United States, that is the transformation of America this POTUS wants.

RedNedLynch
RedNedLynch

whatistruth,
Why don't you just say I'm ignorant and uneducated?
Or would that give you less smug satisfaction?

I'll say it again -
The left can't understand how people could vote for conservatives, so they Must be stupid and easily fooled.
You look down on half the state.
That is why the left is losing - you refuse to lower yourselves to even try and understand the blue collar dirty people, it's beneath you.
I laugh out loud every time I see that attitude posted, so that's dozens of laughs per day.
Don't ever change.

whatistruth
whatistruth

There you go again, Red!

I NEVER have said that and in ALL honesty I do not even harbor such a thought. I take you at your prior posts that you carefully research your opinions.

I believe it was you that said something in our last tiff... to the effect that I did not know you and made false assumptions about you.

I accepted that and even apologized to you for that.

So DON"T project "smug" onto me!... that's all from you!

And the real purpose in posting in this thread has to do entirely with your delivery, NOT THE MESSAGE.

Don't you think your side might gain a bit of respect of those with other viewpoints and perhaps want to listen if it were not for all of the insulting delivery and snotty belittling?

And to repeat from our last tiff, I did not start treating you or your side like this.

So get the chip off your shoulder.

The only option here is not winners and losers...

There can be winners and winners too.

But not when you treat the other side with nasty contempt.

Oscar
Oscar

I question the integrity, character and intelligence of all that voted for walker. The implementation of the health care law was delayed by van holler and walker already. That was why the federal government explicitly told Wisconsin to get to it. Now, van holler's name is on the suit and he will be found in contempt if walker doesn't do anything. The end is near as rats are leaving the sinking ship. van holler doesn't want to be the last one holding the flaming bag of doo doo.

RedNedLynch
RedNedLynch

array1,
I fell out of my mothers womb and began voting for republicans. Musta been the fetal alcohol syndrome.

RedNedLynch
RedNedLynch

Truth,
I used no invective.
I did accuse the left of considering the right stupid, and there is ample evidence of that here.
I then suggested that being super smart isn't always practical or desirable.
Your reaction is telling, however.
You suggest I'm jealous of people with a higher education and are then dismissive of my opinions,
proving my point.
Elitists to the core, liberals you are.
(apologies to Yoda)

array1
array1

Since you brought it up, what is your education anyway??

whatistruth
whatistruth

Thanks for answering "yes" to all my questions!

whatistruth
whatistruth

Not "of" your opinions (that the role I am playing here)... "in" your opinions... "it depends upon what your meaning of 'is' is?

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FlashGordon
FlashGordon

The Court specifically said they can't review the law based on what you're asking, that's the job of elected officials. As for necessary and proper, the court said the mandate doesn't survive based on that clause.

graefental
graefental

At least Van Hollen obeys the law. That used to be a requirement for someone who wanted to be governor.

RedNedLynch
RedNedLynch

I love it every time the left splatters the right with condescension, telling us we are misguided and easily swayed by propaganda.

You are the brilliant professor with a PHD and many credentials - yet you can't fix a broken window or sharpen your lawnmower blade.

whatistruth
whatistruth

Hey Red, it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

I thought we had a discussion a while back about use of invective here... remember you accusing me of doing it and my explaining that I was following suit of the radical right.

Yet you continue to do it.

Do you have something against someone with the ambition to become an expert in their passion spending a long time doing it?

Regarding fixing and sharpening, did it ever occur to you that the process of getting a Ph. D. is so intense that you must focus most of your waking hours on it?

Are you perhaps jealous that you do not have one yourself?

Why do you continue to put down difference?

Do you advocate for "vanilla" and not "chocolate chip cookie dough"?

Most of all, the impression I get here is that you continually slam folks with which you disagree in an arrogant, demeaning manner... is that something you wish to be known for here?

If it is, you succeed and at least garner an honorary Ph.D. in it but in what I see as a not so honorable way.

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

Hey, they're playing "Good Cop" / "Bad Cop?

wisc_sci_guy
wisc_sci_guy

Hey, if Obama doesn't have to enforce immigration laws just 'cause he feels like it, and wants to curry favor with the Latino sector, Gov. Walker shouldn't have to enforce Federal Health Care Laws.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

Heck, Florida's Gov. Scott is defying a federal court order to halt his purge of voter rolls.
 
NJ Gov. Christie wants to flout federal restrictions on gambling.
 
Arizona Gov. Brewer is planning to undercut federal immigration law any way she can.
 
Maybe we can call it "Republican Governor's Syndrome" and see if we can get it recognized by medical science.

lmozlin
lmozlin

Now, we'll probably lose more $$$$ in fines and the feds taking away money because he's not following the deadlines. He made a point today saying that states can't be faulted for not extending medicaid or something like that. My guess is he'll try to find wiggle room there. Of course, he's not a lawyer and doesn't even have a bachelors, but in his warped mind, he's smarter than everyone else, because his worshippers tell him so!

fedup363
fedup363

Why do we have a governor that can't even follow the law?

tomtom
tomtom

why? because Wisconsin voters voted in a sociopath

when is the biographical book coming out on the life of Walker?

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

Cool smiley face!

windy33
windy33

BECAUSE WISCONSIN HAS MORE STUPID PEOPLE IN IT THEN WE THOUGHT

Nanny Annie
Nanny Annie

Because Walker's too stupid to know what the laws are, and he has no respect for any
law that wasn't written for him by the ALEC organization. This man is very dangerous... in some ways even more so than Richard Nixon. He's so good at doublespeak - have you
noticed he never gives a direct answer to any question? He is always trying to weasel out
of any honest dialogue and will lie and fabricate any way he can, to make himself look like
he really cares about the people of Wisconsin. Too bad they don't have lie detector tests
they could have used when he was chosen by the Republicans...or is this a prerequisite for the job? How about the psychological tests like I've had to take in a job interview, to see if I was even qualified for the job? He would have been revealed as the psychopath and liar he really is. Oh, here's an idea. Why doesn't his wife Tonette give a Tupperware Party for all of the ladies, to show how much she cares too?

motherlode
motherlode

Do your J0B , Walker!!!

Nanny Annie
Nanny Annie

I guess you'd first have to define what his job is. Is it to represent all of the people in this state in a fair and just manner? Is it to respect other's opinions (even though they differ),
and find a way to reach consensus so that everyone leaves the table with their dignity intact? Is it to show respect to elders, women, minorities and others that might not agree
with him? Is it to perhaps humble himself and admit he doesn't have all the answers, and
find advisors from across the aisle who he could respect and work with?
That's what a sane leader would do, with some degree of respect for the laws that
have governed our state for a hundred years. But what we have here is a bully and tyrant whose only agenda is advancing himself politically and amassing as much money as he
can to keep buying himself his political career. Poor guy, he's too stupid to see that the right-wing ultra conservatives are just using him as the canary they can throw down the mine shaft to advance their ideological wars against women, intellectuals, minorities,
and any others that don't look, think, or pray like them. What a bunch of hypocrites...

tomtom
tomtom

Walker is a career politician, that's all he knows how to do. And a crooked one at that.

I don't think he cares one iota about money, heard he grew up poor so he's probably honed his skill of being austere early on and expects everybody else to be as austere as he was. Money is a means to an end for him.

jheaton416
jheaton416

It was good of JBVH to make this point, but Gov. Walker has rarely been one to let the law stand in his way.

dmark
dmark

Heh, heh, heh. Wingnuts eating their own.

tommy
tommy

Walker is a horrible excuse of a Governor, uneducated and corrupt.

tomtom
tomtom

and apparently the voters of Wisconsin want that in a governor. Sad

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

I'm kind of glad Walker took this position, frankly, because now all the knee-jerk righties will have to think twice before spitting on Obama for "failure to obey the law" on immigration, since their own guy is perfectly willing to play the same game.

sgngracie
sgngracie

Anybody else see Van Hollen setting himself up for his own run for Governor?

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