EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSInsurance Premiums Expected To Soar In Ohio Under New Care Act
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Reported by: Dan Matics
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Web Producer: Dan Matics
Also Contributing: CNNMoney
Reported: Aug. 7, 2013 11:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 11:53 PM EDT
South Point , Lawrence County , Ohio
Controversy continues over health care reform.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare" will go into effect soon. Some in Ohio are fired up over news that those with private insurance will likely have to pay more once the Affordable Care Act takes place.
According to CNNMoney.com, people living in Ohio will see their private insurance premiums increase by an average of 41 percent. The reason for the drastic increase: Right now in Ohio, insurers are allowed to offer bare minimum plans which can exclude people who are sick. More people, expected to enroll with pre-existing conditions, are what's driving the premium increase.
Richard Wilson of South Point said he has private insurance and is upset his premium will likely increase due to what he calls "socialized" health care.
"If people pay they get coverage," Wilson said. "If they don't get coverage, what's so hard to understand?"
Meanwhile, one Ohio resident who did not want to be identified said she is glad private insurers will be forced to accept people with pre-existing conditions.
"I think it's awesome," she said. "My mom's ex husband died from cancer because he did not have insurance, all they could do was keep him comfortable."
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