Health care reform two years later

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Two years later and lawmakers in Washington are still trying decide whether the health care reform bill is constitutional.

It has been the topic of conversation since the day the bill meant to make health care more affordable for everyone was proposed.

Some people question whether that will ever happen at this rate.

"I did not expect that it would go too far unless some major elements are erased and brought back to something that is understandable and something that is more practical," said Dr. Syamala Reddy.

Many ordinary people along with physicians believe the reform is not only confusing but unrealistic because it is mandating something not everyone needs.

"The issue I see clearly here is if it is mandated for everyone citizen to buy and have some insurance, then what about the people who are perfectly healthy, young, working individuals who are making enough money?" said Dr. Reddy.

Opponents of the bill are trying to repeal part of it, but the Supreme Court stands in their way.

"The question is how much can the federal government force states to comply with its will," said Jonathan Turley, a law professor.

Some doctors say it has both pros and cons which needed to be looked at from the patient's point of view as well as the physician's.

"I'm not saying that we should not provide the care, but there's no clear understanding about how far this bill will go to provide the care that is sometimes become even questionable," said Dr. Reddy.

The Supreme Court could decide the mandate is unconstitutional allowing the rest of the healthcare law to go forward.

The Supreme Court is now hearing three days of arguments on the issue.

A decision is not expected until this summer, which just happens to be in the middle of the presidential election campaign.

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