Response to US Supreme Court health care tax credits decision is mixed

LANSING, Mich. (AP/WLNS) – Reactions to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding health insurance tax credits is mixed, generally along political party lines. Democrats, hospitals, insurers and health advocates are applauding the U.S. Supreme Court decision keeping intact health insurance tax credits for 228,000 Michigan residents.

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling today to uphold the tax credits that have meant affordable health care coverage for millions of Americans through the federal exchange,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters. “I hope today’s ruling encourages my Republican colleagues to stop trying to repeal this law and start working across the aisle to improve access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan said Thursday that an unfavorable ruling would have been “extremely disruptive” to Michigan’s health insurance market. The Michigan Health & Hospital Association says the loss of subsidies would have been a “major setback” to making health coverage affordable.

Michigan House Minority Leader Tim Greimel says it was the “right decision” because having affordable health care is a “cornerstone of a family’s financial security.”

An opposing point of view came from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. His statement was short and to the point, saying “The Affordable Care Act violated the very first principle of medicine: Do no harm. The Court’s ruling today continues the harm inflicted by Obamacare.”

Gov. Rick Snyder says now that health insurance tax credits are intact for Michigan residents, his administration will focus on ensuring 600,000 people keep receiving expanded Medicaid coverage.

The Republican said Thursday he appreciates the “deep uncertainty of this issue” being resolved.

Michigan was among 34 states at risk after the Republican-led Legislature refused to create a state-run insurance exchange.

About 294,000 residents buy from a federally run marketplace. Nearly 78 percent qualify for tax subsidies.

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