Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Gov. Scott Walker must follow the federal Affordable Care Act.
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.
Walker said Thursday he would have preferred the court strike down the law, but he is holding out hope that a new president and Republican-controlled Congress will overturn it next year
In the meantime, Walker said the state will not proceed with setting up a health care exchange as is required.
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.
Walker said the law will be a “massive tax increase on the people of Wisconsin and America.”
He said the decision creates uncertainty for Wisconsin businesses and that’s bad for job growth. Walker has also said businesses will be bullish about adding jobs since he won a June 5 recall election.
Wisconsin Republicans say the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding most of President Barack Obama’s health care law will have no immediate effect in the state aside from galvanizing the GOP going into the November elections.
The Republican leaders of the Legislature’s health committees said the ruling perpetuates uncertainty for businesses, curtailing job growth, and voters will make things right in November.
Robert Kraig, the executive director of health care advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin, said Walker has a moral obligation to begin the implementation process.