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The Carthage Press
  • Locals react to health care reform

  • On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision  that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was constitutional. The Carthage Press asked people on the Carthage Square and on Facebook for their reaction to the ruling.


     


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  • On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision  that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was constitutional. The Carthage Press asked people on the Carthage Square and on Facebook for their reaction to the ruling.
    “I'm happy. People who don't support the reform don't understand because they've been influenced by people who don't have their best interest at heart. It's a major contradiction to claim to be a Christian nation, a Christian community, and not support this. I am confident Christians would want their fellow man to have access to health care. If you don't care about your fellow man and don't support the reform, that can be your opinion, and I would respect that.”
    Gary Wilson, Joplin
    “I honestly didn't know it was going on. What's it about?”
    Cyndi Conway, Carthage
    “I think it's wonderful. We are the only developed country without health care for everyone, and that's disgraceful.”
    Elizabeth Creighton, Carthage
    “I'm very disappointed in our government. I don't think the government should be able to tell me what to do, like buying insurance. Let me decide if I want it or not.”
    Dennis and Renee Raff, Seneca
    “This will give insurance companies the chance to run whatever rate they want won't it? They'll know everyone has to have it, so they'll be able to charge people whatever they want, I would say.”
    Gary Lewis, Carthage
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    The following comments were made on Facebook regarding the reform.
    "It would be nice if they would control the cost of healthcare first. That was even said by a physician. We who pay will end up paying for everyone who can't afford to … I agree with parts of it, but I am worried about the part where we will have more people on Medicaid. Can our country really afford that? And what else will they force us to buy next? Doesn't feel very free to be forced to buy something. But the part of insurance companies having to cover everyone regardless of health or age, is good because I have been on the end where they wouldn't pay for stuff associated with my son's autism and asthma. We will see, but for now, there is nothing We the people, can do to change it.
    Kandace Eck, Sarcoxie
    “It's going to keep cost down in the long term because if everyone has health care then there isn't anymore excuse not to get a screening that will detect a problem before it takes root. Government forces you to buy car insurance. Sure you can say you don't have to drive, but really...how far are you going to get without a car. You maybe fine in NYC, but not here. So sure it may be a pain to purchase health care for those who are just cheap, but it will save your life sometime down the road.”
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