INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The political battle surrounding the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it's known, continues to play out in Indianapolis.
The state of Indiana filed a lawsuit Tuesday that challenges a portion of the Affordable Care Act, and a Democratic state lawmaker sees it as an attempt to block Obamacare altogether.
"They are trying to compete with Bangladesh," said Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis.) "I am not kidding."
DeLaney addressed reporters outside a hospital to make the case that Republican state leaders are doing everything they can to keep Indiana residents from taking part in Obamacare.
"Mr. Zoeller lost his case in the Supreme Court," said DeLaney in reference to Attorney General Greg Zoeller. "He should stop this case right now and dismiss it before the court dismisses it."
In his Statehouse office GOP Attorney General Zoeller said he's just trying to find out if fines in the new law apply to the state and to 15 schools districts named in the lawsuit which was filed against the IRS.
"Do they have the authority to tax the sovereign state of Indiana?" he asked. "We've never paid tax or a tax penalty. I don't know that this is the right time to just guess."
The fines in question don't take effect until 2015. The state has more than a year to figure out if they apply but the Attorney General says he can't count on Congress to clarify things by then.
But Rep. DeLaney isn't buying that explanation. He believes that Zoeller acted on the request of Governor Mike Pence, an outspoken Obamacare opponent.
"You know, those two can go secede," said DeLaney, "but don't take my health insurance away and don't take it away from anybody else."
Attorney General Zoeller says the lawsuit was his idea. He says his staff has spent six months preparing it. There was no reaction from the governor's office.
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