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Its Impact on College Students: The Affordable Care Act

"I think it's because it's being forced on them for the people that don't like it. I think the jury's still out on how it's going to affect the United States in general," said Stickley.
WINCHESTER, Va. - The controversial legislation known as Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act is changing the way Americans think about our nation's healthcare system.
 
Of the nearly 48 million Americans who are uninsured, many are college students.
 
By 2014 everyone must have health insurance or they will be facing a tax penalty.
 
"The Affordable Care Act is a federal regulation that was passed in 2010 to allow the uninsured to gain access to health insurance," said Ronald Stickley, health services director of Shenandoah University.
 
According to the United States Census Bureau, almost 15 and a half percent of Americans were uninsured in 2012. Young adults can only be insured through their parents until age 26.
 
"It's going to allow people to access insurance and it's going to subsidize that policy that people are getting," said Stickley.
 
The law will pay 80 percent of the costs with 20 percent copay.
 
Whle it will provide drugs at lower costs or free annual check-ups, many are not happy to see this be mandatory.
 
"I think it's because it's being forced on them for the people that don't like it. I think the jury's still out on how it's going to affect the United States in general," said Stickley.
 
Many students at Shenandoah University declined to speak on camera about Obamacare, saying they do not know too much about it or are insured through their parents.
 
While the fight over the Affordable Care Act may go on for years, doctors, employers and consumers are still unsure of what is at stake. Many are wondering whether the law will help or hurt.
 
"I think for some, it's going to help because it's going to allow it to be affordable but also allow things like pre-existing conditions that they can't hold you against you now," said Stickley.
 
At the university it is a mandatory policy to have students on a health insurance plan, whether it is through the company contracted with the school or elsewhere.
 
Stickley says about 250 students sign up for the plan each year. He recommends students to use the Internet as the best resource to choose the health coverage of their choice.
 
To see how much the Affordable Care Act will cost you, click here for the subsidy calculator.
 
Shenandoah University wants to ensure the community their thoughts towards the law carries no intention to shape public opinion.
 
 
 
 
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