Community members ask what is next for Health care

— There were mixed reactions across the country Thursday morning as the Supreme Court approved a motion to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters of “Obamacare” and those who opposed the bill sat outside the courthouse waving banners and sporting t-shirts to support their side.

Locally, many reacted with some level of concern and uncertainty.

“I am not sure how to form an opinion on this yet, I’ll have to do some more research about it,” Julius Burres of Willsboro said.

Many of those talked to by the Valley News responded the same way, saying they were concerned over the individual mandate requiring that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine has been deemed constitutional as a tax.

The tax would be less than paying for healthcare but for those who own a small business or are self employed, it could be difficult to pay.

Dylan Gregson, a local mason who runs his own company, said the mandate would be crippling if his wife wasn’t provided health care through her job.

“I pay $10,000 a year alone in insurance, just for car, homeowners insurance and insurance for my company,” Gregson said. “If I didn’t have health insurance, I wouldn’t be able pay that tax.”

Other people worried what the mandate would look like for those recently entering the workforce. Mary Stanley of Witherbee said she worried how the bill will negatively affect newcomers into the workforce, some with student loans about to be collected and living with a low starting salaries.

“I just don’t think its fair to force someone to pay for something, especially these kids who are just starting out,” Stanley said.

Katheryn Cramer, responded to a Valley News Facebook post via that as a free lance writer, it would be harder to get health insurance without working for someone full time.

“As someone who works in the arts, it makes it easier for me to work book to book under contract to publishers, rather than finding myself at some point in the position of having to take a full time job in order to gain access to affordable health benefits,” Cramer wrote.

Gerard Amedir said he has mixed feelings about the healthcare mandate but believes it has the potential to be a move in the right direction for national healthcare coverage.

“It’s going to be difficult and I am interested to see how it works out,” Amedir said.

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