Health care reform gets mixed reaction

Health care reform gets mixed reaction

BARACK OBAMA signs the health care reform into law on March 23, completing a task worked on by several presidents before him. Many at Fremont Federation applaud the move, although they wanted the reform to go further.

Days after President Barack Obama signed a historic health care reform bill into law, Fremont Federation voiced different opinions about the deal.

The health reform package, estimated to cost $940 billion, is meant to extend health insurance to 32 million uninsured Americans over the next 10 years, according to the Voice of America.

The Obama administration says the health care package will also reduce federal budget deficits and stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people with existing medical problems, according to news reports.

Although Fremont Federation already offers free health care to students, medical assistant Diana Rosales said she likes the changes.

“I think it’s good, especially for people who work part-time,” she said.

However, Rosales sees a problem with the new law.

“It’s not good for people who are illegal here because they are just paying for it and getting nothing out of it,” she said.

According to CBS News, “Illegal immigrants will not be allowed to buy health insurance in the exchanges – even if they pay completely with their own money.”

Another person who sees some problems with the health care reform is Katie Riemer.

“It’s not perfect, but it’s better then nothing. I’m really happy about the 35 million plus Americans for health insurance,” Riemer said.

Some people, like Paul Robeson physiology teacher Marisa Brown, already had health insurance and this new bill probably will change nothing for them personally.

Still they are happy.

“Obama is doing some great things in a short amount of time,” said Brown. “Some are good and some are bad. It won’t change anything for me though. It’s good for people with no health care.”

Media Academy Principal Ben Schmookler has had heated arguments with other staff members about the changes.

“I’m glad that it finally got through,” said Schmookler. “I wish it was more comprehensive than how it is.”