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After Pension Win, AG Beshear Plans Defense Of Health Care Law

Posted: 9:29 AM, Dec 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-17 07:51:53-05

(LEX 18) — Fresh off a state Supreme Court win in declaring the commonwealth’s pension law unconstitutional, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear apparently now is setting his sights on a bigger target.

In a pair of tweets Saturday, Beshear says he will announce Monday morning his intention to lead the effort to defend the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — in court.

Beshear, a Democrat who is running for Kentucky governor, says the end of the ACA would eliminate coverage for 1.3 million Kentuckians and cost the state more than $50 billion.

He also says it would result in higher insurance rates for women and a hike in prescription drug costs.

Friday night, a federal judge in Texas declared the ACA unconstitutional.

That ruling has no immediate effect, as the decision will be appealed.