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MI analyst praises SCOTUS health care ruling

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Current State talks with analyst Marianne Udow-Phillips about the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

As you’ve been hearing, important federal subsidies affecting over 200,000 Michigan residents covered by health insurance thanks to Obamacare will continue. The highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell was announced yesterday.

Obamacare opponents, some of which had thought the end of subsidies would be mean its demise, expressed their displeasure. One of them, Congressman Mike Bishop, who represents Lansing and East Lansing, used the occasion to say the law does not put patients first and described it as “unsustainable.”

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act are applauding the decision. They’re saying the law has been an unqualified step in the right direction, offering health security to millions of Americans who’ve never known that before.

Current State speaks with Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. CHRT is a non-profit partnership between U-of-M and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, whose stated goal is to “promote evidence-based care delivery, improve population health and expand access to care.”

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