Louisiana has joined five other states in a lawsuit against President Obama over the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said on Wednesday.
Caldwell said that he filed an amicus brief supporting the U.S. House of Representatives’ lawsuit, House of Representatives v. Burwell, which alleges Obama illegally implemented Obamacare. The other states that filed briefs in the lawsuit are West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina and Texas.
In the brief, Caldwell said the State of Louisiana supports the House’s claims that the Obama administration violated laws by granting exemptions, work permits and payments, and by suspending or delaying other requirements as instructed under Obamacare.
Caldwell alleges Obama’s actions have hurt states and citizens by undermining constitutional structures put in place to protect citizens. Caldwell said he’s been fighting against the “ill-advised health care law” since suing Obama back in 2012.
“As Louisiana citizens, we participate in the established democratic process to elect the individuals that we want representing us in Congress,” Caldwell said. “In this case, President Obama has systematically sidestepped that process to create policy contrary to the wishes of the Louisiana citizens. As we’ve seen in his recent unconstitutional immigration mandates, the president is disregarding the separation of powers and trampling states’ rights with callous indifference.”