MI legislators address possible elimination of Obamacare subsidies

Jun 15, 2015

Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (center) and Sen. Rick Jones (right), with WKAR's Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Since the launch of Obamacare, close to 300,000 Michigan residents have enrolled in health insurance plans offered through the state exchange.  

Many of them are now watching the U.S. Supreme Court closely.   A decision in the the case ‘King v Burwell’ is due by the end of the month.  It will determine whether or not federal subsidies, which help pay premiums for about three-quarters of those participants, will continue.

Michigan and 33 other states whose healthcare exchanges were set up by the federal government could be affected. So, what exactly will Michigan do if the federal subsidies ended? Current State talks State Senators Republican Rick Jones and Democrat Curtis Hertel, Junior about the state's options.