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ObamaCare and Michigan Medicaid Expansion was dealt a severe blow Tuesday as a federal appeals court panel ruled that government subsidies should be cut off for the majority of low- and middle-income residents currently receiving help with their insurance premiums under the program.

In a 2-1 vote, a panel of judges on the appeals court rejected the administration’s argument that the problem in the case was triggered by imprecise language in the complex Affordable Care Act and that Congress had always intended to offer the subsidies nationwide to low- and middle-income people who bought insurance through one of the state or federal health exchanges created under the law.

But as written, the law states that subsidies should be paid to those who purchase insurance through an “exchange established by the state.” That would seem to leave out the 36 states in which the exchanges are operated by the federal government.

The ruling would make any subsidies promised to Michiganders illegal because Michigan lawmakers never set up a state exchange before passing ObamaCare in Michigan via Medicaid Expansion.

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Medicaid Expansion was defeated in the Michigan State Senate before Senate Majority Whip Arlan Meekoff, 30th District – Olive Township called for a motion to reconsider.  After the Republican State Senate caucus met behind closed doors for over two hours, State Senator Tom Casperson, 38th District – Escanaba flip-flopped from a NO vote to a YES vote on August 25, 2013 passing House Bill 4714 and paving the way for ObamaCare/Medicaid expansion in Michigan.

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While a majority of  Republicans in both the Michigan Senate and Michigan House stood with the 2012 Republican National Committee Platform and voted NO, progressive “Republican” Governor Rick Snyder was able to get eight weak “Republican” Senators and twenty-eight weak “Republican” House Reps to join the Democrats in passing Medicaid Expansion in Michigan, without the State Exchange in place that would legally qualify lower income Michigan citizens for the federal premium subsidies to make the mandated insurance more affordable.

To make matters worse, after approving the Medicaid Expansion plan last year,  the “collaborators” did not vote to give the bill immediate effect, leading to the loss of federal dollars and creating a budget hole requiring them to pass a supplemental spending plan in March of 2014 that included nearly $100 million of state tax payer dollars to fill that hole.

In light of this new ruling, many Michigan grassroots Republican’s are not only feeling vindicated, but are emboldened to work even harder to defeat Snyder and his collaborators by any means necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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