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The Affordable Care Act: Helpful but not perfect

Bianca McNair, Pay Up or Die

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“Clinton has stated that she will keep ACA and improve and reform it, so I feel her plan will be beneficial,” said Emily Smith, a 21-year-old student at the University of South Carolina Aiken. I interviewed Smith at a polling place in Aiken, South Carolina.

Smith is insured through the Affordable Care Act and her only problem with her coverage is that she has to pay more as a student than an unemployed adult would have to pay.

The ACA has given the family of George Mathis “a chance at a better life because they are able to receive good medical services,” said George Mathis, 62, retired nuclear waste supervisor. I interview Mathis at the career center in Aiken County.

Sierra Harrison is also supportive of the ACA. “I think the ACA should be kept and reformed because it helps out a lot of individuals with healthcare and insurance,” said Harrison, a 21-year old student at Lander University, after voting at a polling place in Aiken, South Carolina.

She said reforms might make the ACA available to more people. She added, “Also if the ACA is repealed, then it could discourage individuals from seeking medical help or attention.”

Simone Tolson was not as supportive of the ACA. “The name Affordable Care Act is misleading, based on the simple fact that is not affordable to low-income families and the credentials to get it are ridiculous,”said Tolson, a Columbia College student from Virginia.

The ACA is popular among Democrats and anyone opposing Republican Donald Trump. I found that those who don’t have to use it don’t know much about the health insurance program. I had to explain its purpose and accomplishments more than once.

View Bianca McNair’s blog Pay Up or Die.

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