Health Care Law Has Big Effects
|By The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich.|
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"I have my own now, so I know what it's like to carry your own. It's very expensive," Lee said. "I ended up taking a huge deductible just so I could get something that was affordable to me."
Lee said it's important for everybody to have access to affordable insurance, but she wonders who's going to pay for it.
"There are lots of people whose poor lives get ruined over one illness," she said. "I think there are parts of (the law) that are good, but I think taxes are a big part of it. The money has to come from some place."
"Everybody's entitled to health care, but I disagree with the fact that everybody's going to pay for it," he said. "You can go into the medical centers and watch people that are getting free care who are just abusing themselves. They're sitting there in a wheelchair, and they can't move but they're sucking down a two-liter of Mountain Dew."
Kadrovach hopes requiring people to purchase health insurance prompts them to take better care of themselves.
The region's business community is still sorting through the ramifications of the
"I don't know any of our members that want to say 'yeah' today," said
"Health care is a huge cost factor for small business," Alfonso said. "I will be curious to see what happens next, and I'm not convinced this is the best plan. I think it will be just shifting who pays for that cost."
"What bothers me is that the health care business has become a business. And it's a huge, huge business," Senger said. "The only people who can deal with that business is the federal government."
Senger also said the decision sends an important message about the judicial branch.
"It helps us believe again that the court can make decisions based on their analysis of the law rather than their analysis of the politics," he said.
College-aged residents were relieved that the law will help them maintain coverage through their parents' health care plans.
"I like the stability it provides, not having to worry about it right after college," said
"I think that's a pretty good deal," he said.
First District Congressman
"I was hoping it would be struck down," said Benishek, who's a physician.
But he called much of it "bad policy" that doesn't address rising health care costs.
"I don't see where we're going to see any cost savings on this," he said. "I see it as more of a rationing situation."
Benishek said he doesn't have specific solutions to improving health care access and lowering costs. But he supports more competition among insurance companies and health care providers as a way to improve the system.
"I don't know the best answer to all these things," he said. "But we've taken the cost away from the patient -- they're not involved with how the money is spent."
But others were elated with the decision. Filmmaker
But, he said, "there's still a ways to go."
"It's not a victory, but a challenge," said Moore, who has a home in
Still, Moore said it's a clear sign that the U.S. is moving toward universal health care coverage.
"This is some much-needed clarity," Ness said Thursday from a
Ness said Munson continues to brace for a
"A lot of the key principals are going to be the same," Ness said.
Ness said it's a "good thing" to have more people covered by basic health insurance. But the federal law still doesn't guarantee that patients can find access to primary care physicians to treat acute or chronic health problems, which remains a problem particularly in more-remote areas like northern
"Frankly, this doesn't address that," Ness said. "We're still going to have that issue, especially in rural
Insurance companies have also closely followed the long-winding health care debate.
"The industry has changed their policies to meet what the new law is and the
The uncertainty contributes to people's disdain for the law, Riske said.
"It's big, it's complex and they don't understand it or understand how it will affect them because it's not clear," Riske said. "Now it will start to evolve because there is a lot more clarity with this ruling."
Some look at the change negatively but Riske contends "change is good.
"Maybe you have to roll the dice and try a new idea," Riske said. "America was a new idea. Let's try it. We can always change it if it doesn't work."
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