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Affordable Health Care Act repeal battle affects South Carolina

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President Barack Obama said in a press conference at the White House, Wednesday, he is not opposed to discussing some changes in the law but will not allow a repeal. President Barack Obama said in a press conference at the White House, Wednesday, he is not opposed to discussing some changes in the law but will not allow a repeal.
USC student Brett Harris believes the realities of the Affordable Care Act is destructive to America's society. USC student Brett Harris believes the realities of the Affordable Care Act is destructive to America's society.

By: Brittaney Chatman

The Affordable Care Act is entering its second year, with expanded Medicaid in 28 states and strict new requirements for health insurers.

The Democratic party lost control of the Senate in the midterm elections and Republicans have already promised to repeal or at least do a big makeover of Obamacare now that they control both the House and Senate.

Obamacare has become a major concern in South Carolina, especially for college students. USC student Brett Harris said it's unfair to force health insurance on college students who can't afford it.

“Personally, at some point, I would love to see Obamacare repealed because it's affected so many people and harmed so many people including me personally,” Harris said. “My own premiums have gone up. It's a tough reality to live with especially being a college student who's already fitting the stereotype of being a broke college student quite nicely.”

South Carolina Progressive Network's Brett Bursey said while many students oppose Obamacare, there are people who want it, but Republicans will not support legislation because President Obama is a Democrat.

“In South Carolina our leadership, our governor, the Republican majority refused the money, saying we don't want your Obamacare,” said Bursey. “Well, we've been knocking on doors of these 300,000 people, and believe me, they want healthcare.”

Republicans may have a majority in the U.S. House and Senate, but President Obama said, Wednesday, in a White House press conference that he had no intention of signing a Republican bill to overturn his signature healthcare legislation.

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