PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that South Dakota has joined a 20-state coalition in a motion seeking a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“South Dakotan’s deserve more affordable health insurance than mandated Obamacare has provided. Compliance with the mandatory provisions of Obamacare has resulted in documented costs of over $28.7 for the State of South Dakota and additional insurance premiums for citizens,” said Jackley. “The original 5 to 4 Supreme Court decision was based not on healthcare but on Congress’ decision to tax us, and it is time to once and for all end this federal mandate to allow medical doctors more freedom to care for patients and private industry to compete for lower insurance premiums.”

The motion for a preliminary injunction against Obamacare is necessary to spare the states from the enormous financial burden caused by the individual mandate.

Before Obamacare, “the states allowed individuals to determine whether to buy health insurance, established high-risk insurance pools to help individuals in ill-health, enabled cost-sharing, and instituted many other policies that Obamacare now preempts or functionally preempts,” the coalition wrote.

Texas and Wisconsin are joined in the lawsuit against Obamacare by the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia, along with the governors of Maine and Mississippi. View a copy of the motion seeking a preliminary injunction here:

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