DFL House representatives Erin Murphy and Tom Huntley have filed a friend-of-the-court brief defending the federal health care law.
In a news release Monday, Murphy and Huntley said they have joined more than 150 legislators across the country who have filed amicus briefs defending the law against attorneys general and governors who have challenged its constitutionality and “who have spent the past year playing politics with the health security of Minnesota families.”
“We firmly believe the Health Law is constitutional. More importantly, we believe it’s time to move forward instead of in reverse so that we can improve health care and its affordability in Minnesota and in this country,” Huntley said in a statement.
Republicans who control the legislature have successfully passed health and human services omnibus budget bills that aim to repeal early adoption of Medicaid expansion available under the federal health care law. The final bill will almost certainly be met with a veto in the office of Gov. Mark Dayton, who made it one of his first acts as governor to expand the Medicaid rolls.
“To suggest that the state of Minnesota should, or legally even could, ignore the Health law before the federal courts have weighed in is a dangerous and telling precedent,” said Murphy, who worked as a nurse, a health care lobbyist, and a staffer in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office before becoming a legislator. “The extent to which the Tea Party has taken hold of the health care debate for the Republicans is quite startling.