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Governor issues statement on ruling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Thursday, June 28, 2012

LANSING, Mich. ‒ Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement on Supreme Court ruling:

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is legislation that misses the point on the most important reforms needed in our health care system.  In the meantime, it has been a detriment to the economic recovery of our country by causing massive uncertainty regarding medical costs which discourages job creation.

"The greatest health care opportunity to our citizens is prevention in terms of both personal quality of life and societal costs.  The Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan is a good starting point as it is aimed at reducing obesity and improving overall wellness in Michiganders by focusing on four healthy behaviors and four health measures.

"In addition to addressing wellness, our nation needs to make a systematic review of the cost structures of our health care system.  We have great people in our system, but we have built a system that focuses on spending more and more to solve acute care problems rather than a person-centered medical home model focused on the overall well-being of the individual.

"While I may not agree with everything in the law, now that the Supreme Court has essentially upheld the Act, we must act quickly to avoid an undue burden on Michigan residents and job providers.  Working with our legislative leaders to establish the MiHealth Marketplace will allow Michiganders to make decisions regarding what will be covered as opposed to Washington, D.C. making those decisions for us.  It will also allow us to draw down federal dollars to assist with the costs of complying with the law. 

"Implementing this law will require an immense amount of coordination between the public and private sectors. We plan on working closely with Michigan consumers, businesses and health providers to ensure that the decisions we make have as much of a positive impact on Michigan as possible."