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Understanding how health care reform will affect you


From disappointment to celebrations, people are reacting to the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law. However, for many, the complex law is confusing.

"It's such a complicated bill. People really don't understand everything about it. They don't understand what the mandate means," said Dr. David Lanoue, a political expert and Columbus State University Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences. "They don't understand what that means if you don't have insurance or who will be required to buy insurance."

Dr. Lanoue says one of the most controversial parts of the law can also be perplexing for some. "If you don't have insurance and you can afford it, then, you either have to buy insurance or you have to pay a fine if you don't buy it."

The expert explains advocates for the law want healthy, young people to pay in so they can help counteract the cost of people with illnesses. While some impacts of the law are still unclear, Dr. Lanoue says it most likely will affect the polls. Thursday's victory for President Obama could hurt him this fall.

"This is really going to energize the people on the conservative side who oppose Obamacare to get out there and vote."

Dr. Lanoue says for those against the law, there may still be some steps to repeal it in Congress. "You can't do that because President Obama will veto it. Romney says if I get elected, the first thing I'm going to do is try to repeal Obama-care, but he is still going to have to get that passed through both Houses of Congress."

The health care reform will go into effect in 2014.  Experts say it could take years before the true impact of the law will be seen.

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