Supreme Court: Government can continue to provide subsidies for ACA

(WLNS) – State politicians are speaking out on Thursday’s ruling, some for some against.

Attorney General Bill Schuette expressed clear opposition in his statement Thursday morning, 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.”

Senator Gary Peters weighed in as well. He applauds the ruling, adding “eliminating these tax credits would have created a catastrophe for the nation’s health care system, taking away affordable health insurance from millions of families and leading to sky-rocketing premiums.” He also mentioned that Michigan is one of the most successful marketplaces in the country.

But what does the decision really mean for people in Michigan?

Michigan had a lot to lose if the Supreme Court decision would’ve swung the other way.

Unlike other states, Michigan does not have a state exchange program, which means it solely depends on federal subsidies through the Affordable Care Act.

6 News talked to one of Michigan’s insurance experts who detailed how much the state uses the affordable care act.

Reporter: “Is there any difference between yesterday and today?”
“There’s really not, no,” said Dominick Pallone, deputy director, Michigan Association of Health Plans.

Dominick Pallone says there will be no change in Michigan after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

He says the act is something Michiganders depend on, 228,000 thousand receive federal subsidies in the state. If the justices’ decision would have gone the other way, the individual insurance market would have crumbled.

“That would drive up prices on average about $273 per month per person, making it unaffordable for a lot of the individuals,” said Pallone.

If you add up all of the subsidies across the state it ends up at $750 million and some says they’re happy that money is staying here in Michigan.

“For insurance offerings here in Michigan and for individuals here in Michigan, it’s a great thing,” said Pallone.

“We’re talking about people that might be one accident or one illness away from help or financial disaster so this is a huge victory for our most vulnerable families here in Michigan,” said Karen Holcomb-Merrill, Michigan League for Public Policy.

Localizing the numbers even more, based on state-wide averages, an estimated 7,800 people in Ingham County are receiving some level of subsidy.

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