"Everyone acknowledges the Affordable Care Act has flaws, and we should be working together to fix what's broken," Edwards said in a statement. "Protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is one area where there is broad, bipartisan support.
"If successful, this lawsuit would cause chaos within the health care system, and the people of
Landry, meanwhile, argues that he would work with the
"I think that would be a debate we would have at the
And now House Speaker
"Our desire is to help Louisianans get better health care," Barras, R-
The newest Landry versus Edwards spat hinges on the latest conservative effort to put an end to
Landry and 19 other
"Once the heart of the ACA -- the individual mandate -- is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the ACA must also fall," the suit argues.
The latest lawsuit was heard in a federal court in
The Trump administration, which has long sought an end to Obamacare, has said it doesn't plan to defend the ACA against the latest challenge.
About 850,000 people in
Edwards said Landry didn't reach out to the governor's administration or health care leaders before signing joining the
"It's deeply disturbing that he has committed the state to this effort without consulting anyone and even worse, without having a plan in place to ensure these individuals do not lose their health care."
Edwards, a Democrat, and Republican Landry are often at odds, and Landry is openly mulling mounting a challenge to Edwards in next year's gubernatorial race.
"I'm not the Legislature -- I'm the attorney general making sure we abide by the rule of the law," he said.
Hours later, Barras released a rare public comment in support of Landry's television interview and decision.
"Like Attorney General
Edwards is now asking Barras to commit to using one of his five non-fiscal bills allowed during next year's legislative session to the issue.
"This strong, public show of support from both you and the attorney general would ensure its passage and provide peace of mind to the 849,000 individuals who will await the court's decision," Edwards wrote in a letter to Barras that was also sent to Landry.
Barras, who has often been at odds with Edwards during state budget negotiations but has rarely stepped into battles with the governor outside of the State Capitol, didn't respond to The Advocate's request for comment on Edwards' proposal Tuesday.
According to his initial statement, Barras has had conversations with Landry about the lawsuit and its potential outcomes, though he did not elaborate on when those conversations took place.
"I greatly appreciate the Attorney General's respect of the separation of powers and his reverence of legislation being initiated by the
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