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Michigan Attorney General Schuette Totals 9 Lawsuits On Obamacare Duty

Jon Harrison
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If today's news regarding Attorney General Bill Schuette joining a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sounds familiar, that's because it's one of nine he's been involved in.

According to a list provided by his office, Schuette has been a party in two Obamacare-related lawsuits and filed Amicus briefs in another seven.

The latest is Halbig v. Sebelius, which according to the Detroit Free Press argues that only states that established their own health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are eligible for associated federal tax credits. As Michigan has a federally run exchange, the tax credits would not be available under this scenario.

News of the lawsuit has drawn criticism from Democrats, including Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Lon Johnson.

"Schuette's obsession with handing control over health decisions back to insurance companies could cause half a million people to lose a tax credit of nearly $5,000 and cost Michigan $2.5 billion - that's not the Michigan way," said Johnson. "We need leaders in Lansing who will fight for our families, not recklessly put the Tea Party and big insurance companies ahead of the interests of the people of Michigan."

For the full article, see "Schuette Totals 9 Lawsuits On Obamacare Duty", Inside MIRS Today, Febraury 21, 2014.

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