Americans react to historic health care decision

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 3:01 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois woman -- the mother of two disabled teens -- says the Supreme Court ruling upholding the health care law is wonderful -- because it keeps insurance companies from setting lifetime limits for medical expenses.

But another woman -- a retiree on Medicare -- calls it a "sad day." She's worried that the law's new rules, coming in 2015, will interfere with treatments doctors can provide, and she says that would be a setback for family members with a rare genetic condition that she says requires experimental therapies.

Whether or not they've been dramatically affected yet by the new health care law, Americans across the country are reacting to today's high court ruling with relief or apprehension.

A North Carolina woman who benefits from the new law's coverage for people with pre-existing conditions was worried by some initial broadcast reports that the law had been struck down. Bev Veals, whose breast cancer treatments led to bankruptcy and foreclosure for her family, says she feared she would have to "beg for help to cover medical bills." She says the court ruling "is a relief."

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