Northeast Philly reacts: What’s your take on the Affordable Care Act decision? [slideshow]

The pundits and politicians have had their say over the Supreme Court ruling on Health Care for over a day now. How about the regular folks? I took a walk around the 18 bus loop in Fox Chase today to gauge how people were feeling about the ruling. This was non-scientific and folks were chosen at random but, offered up opinions that seem to reflect the mood nationwide.

“From what I’ve read, I think it’s fine if it keeps me from paying for other people,” Fox Chase resident Nancy Schmidt said.

“The mandate/tax is preposterous,” Tasjae Moore of Fox Chase said. “People should always have a choice.”

And so it went this morning in Fox Chase, where opinions did abound.

Kevin Scharnbacher of Burholme offered another opinion. “It’s wonderful they ruled this way. It helps out families like mine. I was able to keep my daughter on my insurance until she was 26.”

As the opinions mounted up on both sides of the issue, I realized something else – 20 folks had no knowledge of the Supreme Court ruling and could not offer an opinion.

And Thomas Lane of Fox Chase added, “I think it was a just decision because everyone should have health coverage. We have to look out for seniors and people who can’t afford health coverage.”

G.E. Reutter resides in the Fox Chase. You can visit him at his website. You can read his Fox Chase articles for NEast Philly here.



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