Totten rips AG after court threatens subsidies

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat hoping to topple Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is criticizing the Republican for backing a lawsuit that led to a ruling that could derail tax subsidies for families who bought insurance under the federal health care law.

Mark Totten said Tuesday's decision by a federal appeals court culminates Schuette's "crusade" to eliminate an average $4,700 tax credit residents receive to offset a portion of their premiums.

The divided court ruled the health law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by states and not the federal government. About 237,000 Michigan residents with the insurance are getting subsidies.

Totten says Schuette is "trying to score political points with the most extreme fringe of his party." A message was sent seeking comment from Schuette.

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