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PolitiFact Wisconsin: Gov. Evers' promise to end Obamacare lawsuit

Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 19:22:59-04

It was one of the bigger promises made by candidate Tony Evers: get Wisconsin out of the lawsuit to end the affordable care act better known as Obamacare.

Did Governor Eves keep his promise? PolitiFact Wisconsin weighs in with the Evers-O-Meter.

"The first promise we're updating today looks at a pledge by Governor Evers as he was a candidate to get the state out of a lawsuit seeking to overturn Obamacare," Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says this promise hit a snag when the Republican controlled legislature passed new laws after the election to limit the powers of the new governor and Attorney General from withdrawing from the lawsuit.

But when courts raised doubts about the new laws, a legal window opened and Evers moved quickly.

"All those lawsuits were filed and challenging those actions, they were ruled unconstitutional at the moment so the governor has now moved to get the state out of the lawsuit," Borowski said.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this 'Promise Kept'.

"Another promise that Gov. Evers made as a candidate was that he would end solitary confinement," Borowski said. "This promise came up after issues were raised about Lincoln Hills and other cases where solitary confinement was used in prisons across the state."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says the governor could easily do this with a stroke of the pen. Last month at least one Wisconsin inmate started a hunger strike to draw attention to the use of solitary confinement.

"This is something he can do on his own strictly by executive order," Borowski said. "He doesn't need the approval of the legislature to do it, but that has not happened despite some hunger strike some thing pushing him to take action."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this 'Promise Stalled'.