HUNTINGTON, WVa. (WSAZ) --- Amanda Whittington is one of millions of Americans without health insurance.
She lives in Huntington and has three children enrolled in the CHIPS insurance program, but she goes without, because she can't afford it.
"It scares me because if something happened to me, I'd be scared to go because of the bill." Whittington said. "And I have lots of health problems. I haven't been to the doctor in eight years and I have lumps on my right breast."
With Thursday's Supreme Court ruling over health care, children will be able to stay on their parents' health insurance until they're 26 years old. People won't be denied insurance for pre-existing conditions and there's the potential for more access with the possible expansion of Medicaid.
Dr. Shannon Smith Moxey, Huntington pediatrician, said it's too early to comprehend the scope of today's ruling.
"As a primary care physician I just want to make sure my patients are taken care of," Smith-Moxey said. "But as an American, I can't help but say, 'what is going to be the end bill of this."
The Supreme Court upholds the mandate that most Americans get health insurance or pay a penalty.
Chief Justice Roberts argued the mandate is constitutional because the penalty functions like a tax, which Congress has the power to do.
That doesn't sit well with James Ross. He currently has no health insurance and doesn't like the idea of being taxed if he can't get it.
"I think it would benefit everybody a whole lot," Ross said. "The only thing I don't like about is being penalized for it."
Amanda Whittington doesn't usually pay much attention to the news out of Washington, but she believes this is an historic day. Her hope is her children, when they grow up, never have to worry about not having health care.
"I believe everyone should be able to get some kind of insurance," Whittington said. "I wish the best for them."
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