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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette urges delay in creating health care exchanges


On the heels of the Supreme Court decision upholding the majority of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, U.S. House Republicans are poised to vote to repeal it. But the effort is largely symbolic.

According to the Associated Press, the White House says the repeal would cost millions of American families the security of affordable health coverage and that President Obama would veto a repeal.

Ever since the decision, states have been figuring out the next steps to implement the law, including the health care exchange. Michigan’s Attorney General, Bill Schuette, was one of the attorneys general who brought the lawsuit challenging the act. He is also the statewide chairman for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

He tells Michigan Radio's Jennifer White he was disappointed with the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

"There are no boundaries to what the federal government could do after the decision on Obamacare," Schuette said.

Gov. Snyder wants to move ahead with the health exchanges required in the act, but Schuette is encouraging state lawmakers to wait until after the presidential election in November.

"We have an election closely upon us, and the U.S. House of Representatives is having a vote tomorrow [Wednesday] to repeal Obamacare. So the fact is there are lots of states and lots of members of Congress that have serious misgivings about the Supreme Court decision," he said.

This interview aired Tuesday, July 10.


Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.
Mercedes Mejia is a producer and director of Stateside.
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