The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the President Trump administration and Republicans by refusing to immediately review a ruling that found part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unconstitutional.
A coalition of blue states, including Michigan, and the U.S. House of Representatives had asked the high court to intervene after a Court of Appeals decision in December. The case is known as both California v. Texas and House of Representatives v. Texas.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel put together a coalition of health care groups, economists and hospitals to preserve the law signed in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama. The Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), a Lansing-based nonpartisan think tank, is among them.
“The results of this lawsuit are significant and may lead us toward a chaotic and much less generous health care system,” said Amber Bellazaire, MLPP policy analyst when the Appeals Court decision came out. ”If the Affordable Care Act is ultimately invalidated, more than 700,000 Michiganders could lose their health care coverage and the 4.1 million people in our state with pre-existing conditions could lose the protections afforded to them under the ACA. Whether it’s asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer, many people we know and love have a pre-existing condition.”
Nessel wrote on Twitter Tuesday that she is “proud to be part of this coalition of state AGs fighting to preserve health care for Michiganders and for all Americans. No one should ever be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.”
The conservative Supreme Court’s decision was seen as a political victory for Republicans, who are vulnerable on health care, according the polling, in the 2020 election. Democrats campaigned hard on preserving the ACA, especially protections for those with pre-existing conditions, during the 2018 election. They flipped the U.S. House and a number of governorships and state legislative seats across the country.
The suit could take years to be resolved in lower courts.