ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Gov. Tim Walz said he was surprised by news of a lawsuit filed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America (PHaRMA) over the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, which went into effect yesterday.

PHaRMA claims the act is unconstitutional.

“I have to be honest they did something I didn’t think was possible. They’re more hated than COVID-19,” said Walz. “How do you do this? How do you decide to be so awful?”

The state law guarantees access to affordable insulin to people who can not afford it.

Walz says despite the lawsuit, the act is the law in Minnesota right now, and he expects it to remain that way.