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VIDEO: Perry Hall Reacts to Health Care Ruling

Community members shared their views on the federal health insurance mandate.

Sharon Roloson agrees with some parts of the federal , which the Supreme Court on Thursday morning.

Insurance companies, for example, shouldn't be allowed to deny coverage because of a person's preexisting condition, said Roloson, a Perry Hall resident.

Where she believes the law oversteps its bounds is by mandating that all American citizens must have health insurance. "The government and Congress have too much say in everything," she added. 

The insurance mandate has become the law's most divisive issue and the main point which split the Supreme Court 5-4 in their decision. It also has become a rallying cry for protesters and members of Congress alike, since the law was first passed two years ago.

Community members interviewed by Patch Thursday afternoon, outside the Perry Hall off Honeygo Boulevard, likewise represented both sides of the issue.

Bob Fleming, a retiree, said he was glad to see the controversial mandate upheld.

"You've got to have health insurance," he said. "You can't afford to get sick in this country."

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Gregg Roberts June 29, 2012 at 07:09 AM
A lot of medical treatment seems to center around treating illness instead of underlying causes of illness. I can't get over 280 pound doctors who insist that weight and eating habits don't contribute to bad health. Private insurance is predatory. It causes health care costs in America to be much higher then elsewhere. If you loose your job or develop an excluded condition, you have to pay out of pocket. The gentleman in the video who likens the uninsured to shoplifters is mistaken. Insurance companies refuse to insure people because of conditions and if you get laid off you can't get reasonable coverage. I am still fighting for my European tourist. He had comprehensive coverage. They denied much of his claim despite it being ''covered.'' How do you win the fight? Only in America do we have claims that we don't know if they will be covered and entirely convoluted system. By the way this is why revenue generating foreign tourists are often reluctant to come to America. But most importantly the current health care situation is unfair for hard working Americans on many levels. I can't understand why so many people are so in favor of ruthless private insurance companies.
Al Carlson June 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Mr. Roloson must be from Mars. For the sake of this argument, I am assuming that he "can know when" or, as most of us know it, "remember" at least the last five years. With this assumption, he is stating that he disagrees with the 409 opinions that the Supreme Court has produced in the last half a decade. He also does not seem to believe that the Court is even necessary. Perhaps he should discuss that with women, minorities, gun owners, Boy Scouts, anyone mistakenly accused of a crime or 99.99% of the rest of the country. Side note, I do appreciate that Santa Claus expressed a well thought out opinion.
wafer June 29, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The ignorance is rampant, and it is not cute.
Tim June 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Ignorance defines a society. Oh wait, it defines ours.
mike gardiner June 30, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Health coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act will ensure that my daughter who is in college will be covered by my insurance and that I, with a preexisting condition, will not lose it. Also, my brother who has a very serious illness will not be capped for lifetime expenditures. Yes, I support the health care plan and do not get my news from Fox fake news.

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