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Wisconsin AG won't challenge health care bill...yet

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he won't challenge the nation's new health care law at this time. But, he said, under certain conditions that could change.

Special Assistant Attorney General For Public Affairs and Policy Kevin St. John said, "Three things must occur before the Attorney General could do so. First, the President must sign the health care overhaul into law. Second, Governor Doyle or either house of the state legislature must authorize the Attorney General to bring or join such a legal action.  Absent such authorization, he is prevented from doing so by state law.

"Third, should the Governor or either house of the legislature make such an authorization, Attorney General Van Hollen must independently conclude that claims have a sufficient legal basis.  He and his staff are reviewing the legal merits of the underlying claims and the scope of possible remedies.  They have also been in contact with other state attorneys general offices contemplating legal action."

Thirty-four state legislators sent a letter to Van Hollen today, urging him to take action.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, (D) Madison, says she's not surprised by the challenges.

"Very well-funded, powerful interests have opposed health care reform from the start," she said. "You saw their distortions, their mistruths about what we're doing for the American people."

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