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Oregonians Split On Affordable Care Act

OPB | March 23, 2012 7:27 a.m. | Updated: June 7, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Portland, OR

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The Affordable Care Act is two years old now, and about to be tested before the Supreme Court.  Oregonians, along with other Americans, are evaluating whether the law is good for the nation.  

Jim Houser has owned and operated the Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland for 29 years. Between 2001 and 2009, he says, healthcare costs for his nine employees doubled. But …

“Our premiums in the last two years, went down 3 percent each year,” Houser says.

Houser attributes the reductions to the Affordable Care Act. And he looks forward to a new “health insurance exchange” — where he can do a better job of comparison shopping for insurance.

But Randi Kainz sees the Affordable Care Act as little more than an unnecessary expansion of government. She’s an unemployed administrative worker from Hillsboro, and pays cash for her doctor visits. 

“I would rather go this way than to have to go through Obamacare,” Kainz says. “Because I don’t want to be obligated to the government. I don’t want the government to own my life.”  

Oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act start Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court. If it survives the dozens of challenges, it still won’t be fully implemented until 2014.”

 

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