Senate passes bill to drop ‘mental retardation’ term

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 12, 2019

In light of a U.S. Court of Appeals permitting Wisconsin's dismissal from the multi-state lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers had the authority to withdraw appointments that had been approved during a lame-duck legislative session.

Republicans insist Evers hijacked their idea to score political points, while the governor said Tuesday he was just "covering all the bases" with an all-encompassing order and reiterated his pledge to sign the bill despite the feud.

The United States Court for the Northern District of Texas Fort Worth Division previously granted Wisconsin's motion to dismiss from the lower court's case on April 2, 2019.

Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, approved Wisconsin joining the lawsuit.

Evers' executive assistant, Maddie Zimmerman, sent an email on February 8 responding to Deputy Chief of Staff Kara Pennoyer's questions about when the governor would issue the order.

Evers has said he will sign it. "We just feel the issue is important enough we need to move quickly".

Kaul said if the lawsuit were successful it would take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions, put health insurance coverage at risk for millions of Americans and destabilize the insurance market.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the state of Wisconsin is no longer part of the Texas v.

"It's water over the dam", he said.

"I would think on a bill eliminating a term everyone agrees is outdated and inappropriate, and you can't find common ground on that. how in the world are you going to find common ground on other topics?"

Last week Wisconsin also got out of a second, less high-profile lawsuit challenging a federal rule that interpreted a ban on sex discrimination in the health care law as including "gender identity" and "termination of pregnancy".

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