Local Reaction To The Affordable Health Care Act
The affordable healthcare act has caused controversy ever since President Barack Obama first brought it up. This week, the supreme court ruled to go forward with the act causing mixed reactions all over the U.S.
One person who's in favor of the outcome is president of mercy ministries sister maria Luisa Vera .
"To me, healthcare should be a basic human right like education...housing."
Sister Vera feels this piece of legislation is one of the most important pieces of legislation in our nation's history.
"I think so. Social security...medicare...medicaid. I think it will go down in history as one of the big ones."
She says there are many questions that have to be worked through and knows the act is not perfect, she urges those that have questions to read the details.
"Already some of the benefits that have been made available is that children can stay on their parents' insurance to age 26 which was not possible before."
On the other hand, someone who is not too happy with the news is the president and CEO of the Laredo chamber of commerce.
"Any time there's change, any time you can expect to be impacted in taxes, obviously people are not going to be happy."
He says he agrees that people need to get proper healthcare, but wants to protect businesses here in Laredo.
"We want to make sure that nobody's really hurt by this. I'm hoping it won't have long-term affects in the sense that it would create negative impact on businesses."
He says the all businesses are going to be affected, but is waiting to see what extent. Local business owners he's talked to have a concerns.
"Is it going to allow me to do the things I need to do when I plan for the future when employing people? And how many people can I employ and afford healthcare? The debt is going to be there and somebody's got to pay for it."