North Dakota Dems want state to withdraw from ACA lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democrats want the state to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

North Dakota in June joined a coalition of 20 GOP-led states that argue that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional after the Republican-backed tax overhaul eliminated fines for not having health coverage.

Democrats say if the lawsuit is successful, it would strip protections for thousands of North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions. They say it also would end the ability to allow children to stay on their parents’ health plan until the age of 26.

Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the federal health care law has caused premiums to double for many North Dakotans. He says the lawsuit will move forward even if the state withdraws.