AG Nessel takes part in discussion on future of Affordable Care Act

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A top Michigan official speaks out tonight over the future of the Affordable Care Act.

The issue has been on the minds of people across the country.

The Trump administration says the ACA is unconstitutional, but many Democrats say it’s needed to help millions of people.

“We’re talking about a tremendous amount of people that would lose their healthcare coverage,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

As lawmakers go head to head across the country over the issue of affordable health care, Nessel is now calling on the Supreme Court to support patients who rely on the ACA.

Erich Ditschman is one of them.

“I’ve had kidney disease since high school and I had 50 percent use of my kidney,” said Ditschman. “It’s kind of a roller coaster ride of energy, losing energy, going to dialysis, getting crushed from dialysis, recovering, doing it all over again, so it’s a very difficult ride.”

If he didn’t have the coverage under the act:

“I hate to think about that. I suppose we might have gone into bankruptcy,” said Ditschman.

A federal court in Texas ruled in favor of a lawsuit at the end of last year that would dismantle the ACA.

The Trump administration and other Republicans say it’s unconstitutional, but Nessel and her supporters believe if the act is taken away, it’ll do more harm than good.

“If we were to lose the ACA, that prevention mechanism would disappear,” said Ditschman.

“There’s almost no greater issue that I can think of in our state today, and that’s why I think it’s so important for Michigan to play a pivotal role in defending the Affordable Care Act,” said Nessel.

The Supreme Court has yet to act on the issue.

>>>Stay with 6 News as this story develops.

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ORIGINAL STORY: In late December, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Trump administration and Republicans in Texas vs. United States, a partisan lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Attorney General Dana Nessel says the decision is a devastating blow to Michiganders, particularly seniors, patients with pre-existing conditions, and Medicaid expansion recipients, who could lose their access to affordable health insurance.

Last year, advocates praised Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens for signing on to a House resolution condemning the Trump administration’s support of the lawsuit.

Today, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Protect Our Care, and advocates hosted a roundtable discussion to update people on the work that’s been done to date, and urge the U. S. Supreme Court to take action on the case immediately.

>>>6 News reporter Dana Whyte was at the roundtable and will have the full story tonight on 6 News at 6.

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