HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Wednesday marks the first day millions of Americans will receive medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
So far, about two million people have enrolled.
Some people will be thrilled they are now covered; however, the majority of people will be frustrated about higher premiums, according to Dr. Bob Roberts, a political science professor at JMU.
Roberts said fewer people in Virginia enrolled because the majority of those uninsured are seeking Medicaid, but Virginia hasn't agreed to expand it yet.
Currently 400,000 Virginians are not eligible for the exchanges, according to Roberts.
Looking towards the future, Roberts said it is difficult to know what impact this will have on next months enrollment.
Ultimately, he said the fate of the plan depends on how many young adults sign up.
"Without any dependents, you may not get in, you may say it is a cost benefit. And, without those employees, those individuals, the plan won't work. It simply won't because those are the people who are not going to cost you a lot of money," said Roberts.
The government hopes to have 7 million people enrolled by March.
Roberts said if fewer people sign up, there will be big financial problems.
He said the plans won't die, but insurance companies will have to raise premiums much higher.
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