Supreme Court keeps most of Obamacare
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:13:10 GMT —
The individual mandate survives. The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty. The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to take effect over the next several years, affecting the way countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling also hands President Barack Obama a campaign-season victory.
Here is a look at where Michigan stands on implementing President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul, which the Supreme Court ruled Thursday can go forward: NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 1.27 million Michigan residents are uninsured, about 13 percent of the population. WHERE THE STATE STANDS: The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has been working to set up an online health insurance marketplace, but has had limited success because House Republicans have refused to let it use $9.8 million in federal planning money. Because of looming federal deadlines to have the health insurance exchange in place, state officials have been planning for a state-run exchange while also talking to federal officials about partnering with a federal exchange where the state handles just some responsibilities, such as customer service.