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Michigan's finest legal mind doesn't want poor people to have health insurance

by: Eric B.

Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 14:47:29 PM EDT

What a dick.

Washington — A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could have big implications for thousands of Michigan residents receiving tax credits for federal health care insurance.

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette joined the federal case last month and argued in a legal brief that advance tax credits — which on average trim $2,700 from the cost of health care, according to one analysis — should not be available for Michigan residents because the state deliberately opted out of creating its own health care exchange and consequently opted out of its “benefits and burdens.”

This is all about undercutting Obamacare for personal gain and none about rendering a useful service to the people of Michigan. I don't even know how you'd get to this point in your thinking without divorcing yourself from feeling compassion for those less fortunate than you.

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Meanwhile, on the home front . . .
" . . . Wendt, incidentally, is a Republican precinct delegate for Michigan's 2nd congressional district."



The biggest impact will be felt by working families
Michigan families whose income is below 133 percent of the poverty level qualify for expanded Medicaid.

Families whose income is between 133 and 400 percent of the poverty level, who buy their insurance plans on the federal exchange, qualify for a premium tax credit, a/k/a a subsidy. These families are in Schuette's crosshairs.

If the Supreme Court buys Schuette et. al.'s fantasy-camp argument--these are the same fine folks who gave us Citizens United, so don't put it past them--many of my neighbors, and probably many of yours, will find themselves forced to pay thousands of dollars extra for health insurance. Which, of course, they're now required by law to buy.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

Does he even have standing?
I'm definitely not a lawyer, but doesn't Schuette need some sort of legal standing? That is, doesn't he need to show that the state is harmed by these tax credits?

Obviously the success of Obamacare threatens Republicans' political fortunes - but that doesn't count as harm, for purposes of determining standing.

Can anyone with some background in law enlighten us on this?

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

If Scalia, et al, want to find standing they'll find it. If not, not. As a general rule, if it takes a tortured definition of standing to reach a right-wing result, then they'll torture away.

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Seems to me
One could build an ad campaign around the theme "Bill Schuette went to court to keep working families in Michigan from buying affordable health insurance".

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"He sued to raise your taxes."

"He sued to deny you your rights."

For Democrats, he's the gift that keeps on giving. He's ticking off young people and working-class folks - two key parts of the Democratic base - giving them a reason to get out and vote him (and other Republicans) right out of office.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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Schuette and Snyder are running as if they have legitimate primary challenges...and they don't and won't.  How they think their stances in just the last week are going to help their re-election in a general is beyond me.  The only thing I can imagine is that they see a demoralized base that the media isn't picking up and are hoping to energize them and hope that they can bring in some independents.  Because as it stands, they are antagonizing just about everyone else.

Schuette could still get a challenger, since that's all up to the Convention delegates
I agree it's not likely at this point, but the more Schuette embarrasses himself and his office -- and if internal polling starts to show that he's a detriment to the Republican "brand" that could hurt other candidates -- a challenger could swiftly emerge.

Throwing Schuette under the bus would end his career -- but he's a throwback to the Reagan era, and there's an entire generation of up-and-coming Republicans who wouldn't mind seeing him gone to make room for them, both in 2014 and 2018.

In some ways, a contentious convention in which clearly-inferior candidates like Schuette (or even Brian Calley) are defeated would do wonders in healing that brand, with a new narrative that the state GOP isn't controlled by moneyed interests playing kingmaker.

It won't be a true narrative -- if anyone replaces Schuette he or she would almost certainly agree with 99% of his positions -- but with enough outside money flowing in the narrative can be SOLD between August and November.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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