Valley Resident Reacts to Health Care Bill

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In the Valley, many uninsured residents are happy to see a health care reform bill moving forward.

Donna Golliday explains that her husband, who owns his own business, doesn't have health care insurance for his family.

"He can't even afford health insurance because it's so high. We have two small children, and I'm working and he's trying to work. I would like to see them do something, they need to do something. There are too many people out there struggling," says Golliday, an uninsured Rockingham County resident.

The bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would cost $1.2 trillion and is now in the hands of the U.S. Senate.

However, some senators are already saying the bill is "dead on arrival."

On Sunday, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell talked about what he thinks the U.S. House of Representative's current bill will ultimately do.

"With about a $1.2 trillion price tag, tax increases, $400 billion or so taken from Medicare that it will ultimately increase cost and reduce choices for families," says McDonnell.

The U.S. Senate's own version of a health care reform bill would allow states to opt out of a public option and McDonnell says given the option, Virginia would.

"I would really like to see it go through, I think people need to be able to take care of themselves with out having to worry, do I pay the electric bill or do I pay my health insurance," asks Golliday.

The bill passed by the U.S. House requires most Americans to carry health insurance and provides federal subsidies to those who otherwise couldn't afford it.

President Barack Obama is hoping to get a health care reform bill passed by the end of the year.