Effort denied to force North Dakota to withdraw from ACA lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has denied an effort led by North Dakota Democrats and others to force Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
South Central District Judge James Hill denied the request Friday.
North Dakota in June joined a coalition of 20 GOP-led states that argue that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional after the Republican-backed tax overhaul eliminated fines for not having health coverage.
Democrats say if the lawsuit is successful, it would strip protections for thousands of North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions.
Stenehjem says the lawsuit will move forward even if the state withdraws.