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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel vows to protect the Affordable Care Act


Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a petition calling on the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling which found that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

State officials say the concern is that if the individual mandate is upheld as unconstitutional it could undermine the Affordable Care Act as a whole.

20 attorneys general including Dana Nessel called on the US Supreme Court to resolve the uncertainty by reviewing the case this term.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokesperson for the Attorney General.

“We take it for granted that our young adult children will have coverage, that our pre-existing conditions will be covered,” she said. “All of that will fall by the wayside if we’re not successful in getting the Supreme Court to take this case up.”

Rossman-McKinney estimated that the end of protections for pre-existing conditions alone could impact more than four-million Michigan residents.

She said the appeals court decision leaves patients, doctors, and hospitals in a place of uncertainty.

“We have grave concerns that the fix is in for the affordable care act and we are eager to see the Supreme Court take up the cause,” Rossman-McKinney said.

In a written statement Dana Nessel said she would do everything in her power to “stop efforts to derail the ACA.”