Washington women sue state AG over health care challenge Jamie Davis at 11:43 AM ET
[JURIST] More than 90 women filed suit [complaint, PDF] Thursday against Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna [official website] alleging that his opposition to the federal health care law is preventing women from having full access to medical care. The complaint claims McKenna's participation in a lawsuit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] that is pending before the US Supreme Court [official website] is unethical and in violation of his duties. The complaint alleges that McKenna has submitted pleadings to the court that are contrary to his official position as attorney general:
McKenna's official position is that it is in the best interest of Washington and its residents for the US Supreme Court to invalidate only the Act's individual mandate and to allow the remainder of the Actincluding its women's health care componentsto stay in effect. Yet, McKenna has submitted pleadings and arguments on behalf of the State asking the US Supreme Court to do precisely the oppositeto invalidate the women's health care protections and every other provision of the Act. The total invalidation of the ACA would place women's lives at risk, jeopardize their right to contraception, and force Washington women to pay tens of millions of dollars for contraception and preventive care that they may receive for free under the ACA. Other women would be denied health care under "lifetime caps" that are prohibited by the ACA.
The plaintiffs are seeking an order from the court requiring McKenna to file corrected pleadings in his lawsuit against the heath care act in which he would request that the court uphold the women's health provisions.
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