LANSING, MI (WILX) - From Lansing on Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals began hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
In January, after a federal judge in Texas declared the entirety of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, Attorney General Dana Nessel, with the support of and in coordination with Governor Whitmer, filed a motion on behalf of the State of Michigan to intervene in the lawsuit.
“Every Michigander deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” said Governor Whitmer. “That’s why Attorney General Nessel and I have stepped up to protect hundreds of thousands of Michiganders from losing coverage. We’re committed to working every day to make sure Michigan families can get the care they need, and that starts by defending the Affordable Care Act and expanding coverage to people across the state.”
Michigan joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia in their opposition to the decision of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas that held the ACA unconstitutional.
It's unclear when the three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel will rule in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court, which has reviewed the law, and its coverage and insurance protections for millions of Americans, before.
The ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people, and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford health insurance.
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