The debate comes down to the subsidies the federal government helps low-income earners pay for their health insurance. One appeals court says those subsidies are only for states where a healthcare exchange has not been set up. On the other hand, another appeals court says the opposite.
Either way, it's making some wonder, what happens to their health plan.
Until today, Jillian Donnert was uninsured.
??Just kind of, try not to get sick,?? says Donnert. She??s one of 2,000 Genesee County residents signing up for Healthy Michigan since April.
??If something happens, I have a place to turn to,?? says Donnert.
That reassurance could fly out the window if a federal court of appeals ruling sticks.
??It could be almost catastrophic,?? says Clarence Pierce, chief executive officer of Genesee County??s Hamilton Community Health.
One federal appeals court says subsidies are only for states with new healthcare exchanges??Michigan is not among them.
??If this stands, years down the road, those folks could lose their subsidies and that will almost certainly derail the whole Obamacare program,?? says Paul Rozycki, a political science professor at Mott Community College.
Meantime, Pierce says enrollment increasing 20-percent at Hamilton Community Health since the law went into effect.
??I??m not one to get involved into the politics of this, whether it's this program or some other program, I think we at Hamilton are only concerned about people having the ability to access good quality healthcare,?? says Pierce.
Politics aside--those who use the healthcare just wish the bickering would stop.
??I hate how the government plays with people's lives like that,?? says Donnert.
Another federal appeals court also ruled Tuesday, saying the subsidies should stand.
This means, right now, nothing will happen to those who have signed up for healthcare under the affordable health care act.