What you need to know about the lawsuit that has forced Texas’ Governor to resign
The lawsuit filed against Gov.
Greg Abbott by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and several other state officials alleges that the governor’s decision to sign the health care law and to allow the state to shut down the Medicaid program for poor Texans violated the U.S. Constitution.
Abbott, in a statement Monday night, called the lawsuit baseless.
“The Attorney General’s baseless, politically motivated lawsuit seeks to derail the work of the Governor, the Legislature, and the courts,” he said.
Paxton is expected to address the lawsuit in court.
Abbott’s statement also said he will continue to fight for Texas’ Medicaid program.
“As governor, I will fight for Texans in every way possible,” he added.
“We will continue fighting for every Texas family that deserves healthcare.”
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In addition, the Tribune has a history of vigorously defending our state’s rights under the First Amendment and for all Texans.”
Paxton has argued in court that the lawsuit is a distraction from the governor-appointed task force that is looking into ways to reform the health insurance system and that it’s a politically motivated attack.
The governor and the Legislature are expected to meet this week to discuss a plan to implement the law, known as SB4.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued a statement last week saying the governor was working with the legislature on a plan that would allow Texas residents who have coverage under their employer-sponsored health plan to keep that coverage while also increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid.
That includes children under age 18, residents with disabilities and the disabled.
Abbott said he would have vetoed SB4, but a judge on Monday denied his request.
“This is a political attack on Texas,” Abbott said Monday night.
“And that’s why I have the confidence of my lawyers.”
Paeson said in a written statement Monday that the suit “is simply an attempt to undermine the authority of a duly elected governor who has the duty to protect the interests of Texans, and to protect all Texans from the consequences of their own government.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Gov.
Rick Perry, who also serves as attorney general, failed to meet his constitutional duty to “promote health care for all,” and that the attorney general’s actions constituted an abuse of discretion.
The attorney general declined to comment.
The state’s attorney general said the attorney and attorney general are still working out the details of the lawsuit, and that Paxton’s office has not yet received the lawsuit.
“They’re working out all the details, and I hope they’ll get it done before the end of the day,” Texas Attorney Generals office spokesman Patrick Regan said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.