Colorado’s new attorney general Phil Weiser is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the Affordable Care Act after a judge declared it unconstitutional in December.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat announced Thursday her motion to intervene. Joining her were Weiser and two other Democratic attorneys general — Aaron Ford of Nevada and Thomas Miller of Iowa.
The federal judge in Texas last month declared the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, but its provisions remain in effect while the case is appealed.
The four states want to join 16 others already opposing the ruling.
Also Thursday, Nessel directed her office to withdraw from eight federal cases in which her Republican predecessor, Bill Schuette, filed amicus briefs. The cases relate to reproductive rights, LGBT discrimination and the separation of church and state.
A day earlier, Weiser said Colorado would withdraw from a lawsuit challenging one of the Obama administration’s biggest climate change initiatives — the Clean Power Plan.
“Instead, we’ll be on the side supporting it,” Weiser said.