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Gov. Tony Evers walking back comments on federal health care lawsuit

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 17:19:03-05

A spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers is walking back comments he made in his first State of the State address related to withdrawing Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the federal health care law.

Evers said Tuesday that he was "directing" Attorney General Josh Kaul to withdraw from the lawsuit.

But the governor's spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said Wednesday that Evers "has not directed the attorney general to take any specific course of action, he has simply withdrawn his authority for this lawsuit."

The letter Evers sent Kaul only says that the governor is withdrawing the authority previously given to Kaul's predecessor to join the lawsuit.

A state law passed by Republicans in last month's lame-duck session gives Republican lawmakers the authority to withdraw from the lawsuit, not Ever or Kaul.