Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 29, 2012

Local residents have mixed reaction to SCOTUS health ruling

BLUEFIELD —  Reactions ranged from indignation to indifference Thursday after area residents learned that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld President Obama’s health care package.

People visiting the Mercer Mall had varying reactions to the news that the Supreme Court had upheld the president’s health care package including a provision requiring people to purchase health care insurance.

“Well, I’ve already got insurance,” said Jimmy Bishop, 86, of Princeton. “It doesn’t bother me a bit.”

A Virginia resident said that she and her husband had health insurance, but did not like the provision requiring all Americans to get health insurance.

“We shouldn’t have to pay for the insurance of other people who don’t work,” said Amy Queen, 34, of Richlands, Va.

For other people, the health care bill is difficult to understand.

“I don’t really know what it means,” said Jim Staples, 61, of Bluefield, Va. “It’s kind of confusing. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. It’s hard to find anyone who can really tell you what it’s about.

Staples estimated that his health coverage would cost more than $1,000 a month if he stopped working.

“I’d have retired already if it wasn’t for the health insurance,” he said. “I don’t know all the fine print about it (health bill). I wish I knew more about it.”

Another person said that Americans should be willing to help people who cannot afford to pay for health care.

“Only the people who don’t want to help anyone are selfish,” said April Ricks, 40, of Bluefield. “You might need some of the people you’re blessing.”

One Mercer County resident disagreed with the court’s decision.

“I think it’s a shame,” said Charles Maynard, 65, of Glenwood. “I think it’s all about the money. They don’t care about the people. Our constitution is gone. They just do whatever Obama wants them to do.”

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