Affordable Care Act Not Affordable For Everyone


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Under the Affordable Care Act if you don't have health insurance in 2014 you'll have to pay 1 percent of your income or $95 per adult, whichever is more. By 2016, that number increases to 2.5 percent or nearly $700 per adult. After that the increases will be based on cost of living.

"Can't afford the health care, can't afford the fine either, and I'll still be stuck with medical bills." said Kimberly Gamble, who plans to pay the fines. "I live paycheck to paycheck. I do my best to keep my home, to keep my bills paid, keep food on the table. There is no in-between. There is no extra money. There is nothing."

She said the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is not helping.

A new Gallup poll shows that Gamble is one of the 25 percent who plan to pay a fine instead of buying health insurance.

Gamble was not aware of the increased numbers until recently.

"I knew the $95 this year, but I didn't realize it was going to go up that much," said Gamble.

The ACA does provide for exemptions from the fine, but not for those caught in between, like Gamble. She said she just can't win.

"Am I supposed to get a second job just to pay that? Because my first job is taking care of everything else."


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