POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:11am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — For the majority of her adult, working life Amanda Owens has been without healthcare.
"I can't afford it. Because I got bills to pay, I got to pay the rent. Lights, water, all that stuff. I got to buy food," Owens emphasized.
That’s why the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care act is something she, and many others in the Capitol City support.
"It’s sorely needed by a lot of people who don't have access to healthcare right now. And it's going to make things a lot more affordable for everybody," James Johnson, a supporter of the act, said.
"Bottom line I’ve seen for several years medicine has become, it's not about healing anymore. It’s all about dollars and cents and I am tired of it," Owens continued.
So what does the ruling mean for you?
For one thing, by 2014 you'll have to get health care or face a penalty, which the Supreme Court is classifying as a tax. It also requires insurers cover people with pre-existing medical conditions. Children can also stay on their parent's insurance until they're 26 years old.
But senators and legislators from across the state have already said they're not satisfied, and many are vowing to continue efforts to repeal healthcare.
"I strongly favor repealing Obamacare in its entirety and instead having targeted reforms that go after the specific real problems that exist in healthcare," David Vitter, Republican Senator from Louisiana, stated.
"I will say this will not deter my efforts or those of house republicans to replace the president's healthcare law with something that achieves the goal of providing access to quality healthcare at an affordable cost," David Cassidy, Republican House Representative, said.
But not every Louisianan in Washington D.C. is upset by the decision, some like Democrat Mary Landrieu are encouraged by the court’s ruling.
"I am proud of my work to make this law a reality. Its benefits are clear. It reduces the deficit by more than $1 trillion over 20 years, provides security to millions of middle class and low-income Americans who need and depend on affordable health care," Mary Landrieu, Democratic Louisiana Senator, said in a statement released Thursday.
The majority of the rules and regulations involved in the Affordable Healthcare Reform Act will not go into effect until 2014.
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