Michigan lawmakers react to the Supreme Court's health care ruling

Michigan lawmakers react to health care ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WXYZ) - Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is flowing in from both sides of the political aisle.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich) released a statement that said in part: "Today's supreme court ruling is an important step toward universal health care coverage, which is long overdue. It ensures that millions of Americans who have health insurance will be more able to depend on their coverage without fear of losing it to the whims of an insurance company."

Many Republicans who were opposed to the individual mandate to require Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty are very disappointed with the ruling.

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich) released this statement: "This errant decision is the bitter fruit of an inverted jurisprudence that no longer inquires what the government can do, but what the government can't do.  Fortunately, this fall the Supreme Court's error can and will be reversed by the ultimate power in America – her sovereign citizens."

Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder is pushing for the passage of MiHealth Marketplace in response to the ruling.

"While I may not agree with everything in the law, now that the Supreme Court has essentially upheld the act…we must act quickly to avoid an undue burden on Michigan residents and job providers" said Gov. Snyder in a statement.

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