The Supreme Court surprised almost everyone with its ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The decision will affect almost everyone here in Lubbock on a business level, personal level and even a religious one.
Maurice Stanley at Jerry’s Barber Style said he wanted more reform from this law and the Court’s decision.
“I've already said, it may not have been a good bill before the Supreme Court ruled on it, and just because they made that ruling does not make it a good bill,” Stanley said. “And I think that they need to go in and re-work it, and I think there are some major areas that they can re-work. I don't see how you can have a healthcare program in this country without at least a public option in here.”
Teresa Robinson, also at Jerry’s, said she feels pretty much the same way.
“Which one of them are going to live with this healthcare?” Robinson said. “You know, are they going to give up their 100 percent coverage, and 100 percent no pay and all this stuff? Let them get down here; every one of them should have to come down here and live on a minimum wage paycheck, make $300 a week if you are lucky.”
Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tim Collins said he is worried about the decision’s effect on local businesses.
“I can't help but think that it has created; it has created a lot of concern throughout the business community,” Collins said. “I think hiring practices have been impacted already. I think growth plans have been impacted based on what these costs may be and how to go forward. So I do think it has slowed down, possibly the economic recovery, and certainly has changed the way small business and large business owners think.”
In a written statement, Bishop Placido Rodriguez of Lubbock’s Catholic Diocese said, “The decision neither diminishes the moral imperative to ensure decent health care for all, nor eliminates the need to correct the fundamental flaws. We Catholic Bishops have not joined the efforts to repeal the entire law, and we do not do so today.”
Ray Robison said he fears it is leading the country down the wrong road.
“Well, I think it is crazy,” Robison said. “The United States of America was built on freedom, and the free rights of doing what you want when you want. And now the government is more and more in the direction of, 'We are telling you what to do'. If I want healthcare, I should have the right to go and get healthcare. If I don't want healthcare, I should have the right to do that. And the government is telling us, 'You have to go get healthcare, and if you don't we are going to penalize you', and I think that is wrong.”
Richard Crill said it is too early to tell whether he will be in support.
“You know, if it is what I think it is, I think it might be a good bill,” Crill said. “Because I don't have insurance and I would like to have insurance. And I have a pre-existing condition too; I have a knee that I need fixed. So if I could get cheaper healthcare and I could get it with a pre-existing condition, that would be good, but if I am made to and it is expensive, that is no good for me.”
Lots of opinions for a complex piece of legislation that even Supreme Court Justices could barely come to agreement on.