Locals react to Supreme Court decision on health care law
Charles Benson reports Video by wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- Thursday's Supreme Court decision raises a lot of questions about what the health care law does.
Thousands in Wisconsin will soon be required to buy health insurance. Some are happy about it others are not.
"I was very glad," said retired school teacher Rick Lerche after hearing about the sweeping Supreme Court decision.
He's hoping the new law will allow him to buy cheaper insurance after being denied because of a pre-existing condition.
In 2014, insurers are prohibited from denying coverage to adults with medical problems or charge them more.
The law already protects children under the age of 19 with a pre-existing condition.
Young adults can also stay on their parents insurance plan until they turn 26.
"I'm hoping it will spread the risk around to a lot more people which in turn will hopefully lower people's premiums," said Lerche.
But right no there are no guarantees health care cost will go down.
Tea Party Republican Dona Poelman was at a Hands Off My Health Care rally in Waukesha. "It's unaffordable, it's un-American, it unaccountable," said Poelman.
Poelman worries about the financial impact on small businesses.
"The minute one business in one industry drops it then all the other businesses in that industry have to drop it too," said Poelman.
In 2014, small businesses must have health insurance. There's a tax credit for those who do; a tax penalty for those who don't. There's also a tax penalty for those who don't buy insurance.
"The Supreme Court is not the ultimate purveyor of everything and we are going to stop this," said Poelman.
Right now the only way to stop the new law is to repeal it.