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Mon March 26, 2012
MI AG counsels wait and see on federal healthcare law
Michigan is one of 26 states challenging federal health care reforms in a case that is going before the U. S. Supreme Court. But there is also a stalemate in state government over moving ahead with an online healthcare exchange that is part of the law that would help consumers shop for coverage.
Deadlines set up in the health care law are drawing near.
The state Senate has adopted a measure to create the exchange. The House has put the question on hold until after the case is decided.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the state should wait.
“I would caution people, there’s no rush," Schette says. "I think the healthcare exchange should not go forward and I think a lot of people in the Legislature agree with me.”
But Governor Rick Snyder, also a Republican, does not. He says the healthcare exchange is a good idea that would save consumers money regardless of how the Supreme Court rules. He says – if Schuette’s challenge fails -- the delay could also cost Michigan millions and force the state into a federal bureaucracy instead of a system of its own design.