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Supreme Court ends challenge by states to Obamacare

BY: - June 18, 2021

Health care advocates cheered a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday rejecting a challenge of the Affordable Care Act pushed by Texas and more than a dozen other GOP-led states, including Georgia. The justices ruled with a 7-to-2 majority that the states lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. […]

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Column: How the Affordable Care Act can keep people out of prison

BY: , and - March 3, 2021

Many former inmates struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. Appropriate treatment for these illnesses can be what stands between successfully reintegrating into society and returning to a life of crime – and ultimately back to prison. We are scholars who study the implications of health insurance reform for criminal recidivism. In our recent […]

Nessel took more than 200 legal actions in the Trump era. Here’s a look at where they stand.

BY: - February 1, 2021

Since the first week Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in January 2019, the Democrat has been busy joining multi-state lawsuits and other legal actions against now-former President Donald Trump’s administration. With a new Democratic administration now in charge, and President Joe Biden already reversing a number of Trump-era policies, the Advance took a look […]

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Column: If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected

BY: - November 10, 2020

More than 10 years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) once more hangs in the balance. There have been plenty of near misses before, including previous Supreme Court appearances and congressional votes. Yet in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, this time around Republicans may finally be successful in undoing the […]

Obama: America feeling consequences of Trump’s ‘reality show’ presidency

BY: - October 31, 2020

Former President Barack Obama said at a Detroit rally with Joe Biden, his former running mate turned Democratic presidential nominee, on Saturday that the United States is feeling the effects of having a reality TV show host as president. “He [President Donald Trump] never took it seriously. He hasn’t shown any interest in just doing […]

Peters, James clash on health care, racial justice in high-spending, high-stakes Senate race

BY: - October 25, 2020

As Election Day approaches, Michigan’s U.S. Senate race has become one of the most closely watched in the nation, as it could be the key to which party controls the body in January. The battle between U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and GOP nominee John James also has shattered fundraising records, as total spending […]

Biden pumps up Peters, ACA during Southfield swing

BY: - October 16, 2020

With T-minus 18 days until the Nov. 3 general election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden headed to Michigan Friday for two events. He was joined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) in Southfield, a suburb of Detroit. Peters, who is running for reelection to the […]

Michigan doctor, lawyer testify on Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation

BY: - October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two Michigan residents — a family physician and a former law clerk — testified virtually before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday as the panel wrapped up its consideration of whether Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Farhan Bhatti was tapped by Democrats who say Barrett’s […]

West Michigan has been a key GOP stronghold. That’s now being tested by two congressional races.

BY: - October 15, 2020

The 3rd and 6th congressional districts in West Michigan are, in some ways, a study in contrasts: They are a world of dense urban neighborhoods and cornfields that fill the horizon, of cars donning “Resist” and “Make America Great Again” bumper stickers, of Republican and Democratic (and occasional Libertarian and Green) political signs dotting yards […]

800K now enrolled in Healthy Michigan Plan, gov raises concerns about ACA being overturned

BY: - September 29, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, is now providing health care coverage to more than 800,000 low-income residents for the first time.  Michigan expanded Medicaid as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, a GOP-backed suit that seeks to dismantle the […]

Stevens and Slotkin helped the Dems flip Congress in 2018. Now they’re running with Trump on the ballot.

BY: - September 22, 2020

Two Democratic women helped their party take back control of the U.S. House in 2018 by winning Southeast Michigan seats in areas that backed President Donald Trump and were long considered Republican territory. But two years later, Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), both appear to have the upper hand in their reelection […]

GOP Senate nominee John James: America is ‘close to a civil war’ 

BY: - September 17, 2020

Updated, 12:51 p.m., 9/17/20 During a virtual town hall meeting Wednesday, Republican U.S. Senate nominee John James said that given the political climate, America is on the cusp of civil war. “I recognize that this country, looking at some stats, if you look at one to 100, with 100 being close to a civil war […]