Michigan Officials Brace for Health Care Decision

Jun 27, 2012

Michigan officials are waiting to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the federal health care law championed by President Obama.

The court’s decision is expected Thursday. It would have an impact on what the state does next to improve health and health care in Michigan.

Governor Rick Snyder has had no luck in getting the Legislature to approve the online exchanges called for in the law. Those would help people and businesses comparison shop for coverage. But, Snyder also says he thinks the law falls short in many ways.

“Well, I think way too much time has been spent on the Affordable Care Act," he says. "I don’t think it was a good piece of legislation and I’ll respect what the Supreme Court comes up with. I view this as, it’s distracting from more important health care issues.”

The governor says those issues include promoting weight loss, healthy living and wellness – and addressing things that drive up the costs of health care. The governor unveiled his own health care strategy last September.