LANSING, Mich. — The attorneys general of Michigan, Colorado, Nevada and Iowa have filed a motion seeking to intervene in the legal battle opposing the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas' ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional.
In their motion, the four attorneys general argue that ruling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional would cause their states' health care system's to "be thrown into disarray."
“The Affordable Care Act provides important protections – including protecting people with pre-existing conditions – and access to health care for hundreds of thousands of residents in Michigan," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “We have a strong interest in ensuring that the strongest possible arguments are presented in support of the ACA.”
“Health care for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders is on the line,” added Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “If this decision is upheld, it will make it harder for families across the state to get the care they need. That’s why Attorney General Nessel and I are stepping up to defend the ACA on behalf of the state of Michigan."
Colorado Attorney General Phillip Weiser, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Iowa Attorney General Thomas Miller also have joined in the filling of the motion, according to Nessel's office.