Affordable Care Act, What`s Next? | VideoJessica Roose | 6/29/2012
A day after the supreme court issued a ruling to uphold the affordable care act some citizens are still in disbelief.
"It`s encouraging people not to work for what they get," said Jim Vandal, who opposes the law.
"I think Roberts has all the sudden developed a brain block and doesn`t know what`s good for the country," said Richard Anderson, who also opposed the law.
Some lawmakers, including Representative Rick Berg, have talked about trying to repeal the law. While others say that goes too far.
"Because of the good things in the law, I don`t think that the law should be entirely repealed, but I think there would be a lot of support, I would like to believe, in terms of adjustment and amendment of the law," said Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp.
For now, North Dakota and the rest of the county needs to prepare for when the law fully goes into effect.
"We`re going to have to sort out what`s in the best interest of our state now that we know the supreme court has definitely ruled and it`s the law of the land," said North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm.
Hamm says the exchanges are supposed to work by increasing competition between companies, thus lowering the cost of premiums. But he says he`s skeptical that will actually take place.
"And a big part of that, a huge component of that will be, how affordable is the coverage within the exchange and how much are premiums going to rise once the law`s fully online in 2014?"
North Dakota lawmakers rejected the idea of a state-based exchange in the most recent special session. But under the law, the state will be required to have one in place.
Right now, it seems like many lawmakers in the state are waiting to see what happens in the next election before any major changes take place.
It`s definitely going to be an issue that keeps coming up as we get closer to November.