Crowds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building today chanting, "Yes, we can!" after a 5-4 split decision favoring the "mandatory buy" section of the law. The section requires uninsured people to either buy insurance or pay up to an additional 1% of their annual income in federal taxes.
In Yuma, reactions to the highest court's ruling are mixed.
"I'm a little disappointed. I don't think it's a good law. I'm hoping that the Republicans can win enough and repeal it," says Wayne Wagner.
That's exactly what GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he'll do his first day in office, if elected. But not all Yumans favor repeal of the Affordable Care Law.
"I don't think he (Romney) should overturn it because Yuma is a poor place where everybody is on ACCESS. It's enough."
But it's hard to measure how much is "enough" when it comes to affordable health care.
"What about the average person that works, but maybe still can't afford it? And if you don't pay it, according to this law, they're gonna fine you," notes Tom Cantu. Technically, it's a tax, not a fine. Either way, it's money out of someone's pocket. And the costs of rising health care are something future generations must face.
"I'm concerned about my children and grandchildren. I think there's going to be a lot of unintended consequences from this law and I think it's going to be a lot more expensive than anybody has projected so far. I think there's going to be a lot of problems that weren't anticipated," adds Wayne Wagner.
It's a concern shared by many as Yuma and the rest of the nation steps forward into the future of heath care reform.
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