Advocacy Group: People Getting Health Subsidies OK

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- An advocacy group for the poor says that the 237,000 Michigan residents who get getting subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act shouldn't feel any immediate effect from one court's ruling against the program.

A divided panel of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday that the health law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through state-established markets. Michigan's program relies on the federal health exchanges.

Later Tuesday, a federal appeals court in Virginia reached the opposite conclusion.

The Michigan League for Public Policy says it's confident the law will be upheld.

Democratic Michigan attorney general candidate Mark Totten criticized Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette for backing a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. A message was sent seeking Schuette's comment.

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