Michigan GOP-controlled House will delay state insurance exchange to wait for Supreme Court
The House Republican leadership says it will delay approving the creation of a statewide health insurance exchange, in part to await the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of the health care reform law which mandates the creation of the exchanges.
Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot, “There’s no interest in acting quickly on this particular bill.”
The legislation passed the Michigan Senate — which has a supermajority of Republicans — last week. Gov. Rick Snyder, also a Republican, has called on the legislature to pass the bills by the end of the year.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case brought by states — including Michigan — about the constitutionality of the law passed nearly two years ago. A ruling is expected in the summer of 2012, in the heat of the race for president.