Speak Out: What do you think of the new health care law?

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President Obama recently signed the historic health care reform bill into law, so we asked Pittsburghers what they thought. Here’s what you said:

Speakout
Antoinette Turner, Garret Moore, and Mark Lee

“I think the only reason there is a problem is because bigger businesses are losing money. It is the best thing to happen for the poor community. It is going to take a while for it to be implemented but it is great for people to have access to health care.”
Antoinette Turner
Point Breeze
Student/housekeeping

“It is a good thing for those that don’t have health care. It is a shame as large as this country is and everybody doesn’t have access to making sure they are healthy. It is a true blessing that Obama signed and passed the bill.”
Garret Moore
Wilkinsburg
Steel worker

“I think it is great because it seems to cover all aspects of health care for everyone. All are included. It is for the betterment of society.”
Mark Lee
Wilkinsburg
Youth worker

“I am glad he did it. We are one of the richest countries in the world. There is no reason our citizens shouldn’t have access to adequate health care. We are quick to help everyone else. Now it is time to help ourselves.”
Tamara H.
Hazelwood
Bus driver

“For Obama to sign and pass the bill, it had to be done one way or the other. It doesn’t really affect me but it does provide for children, elderly and the handicapped. Obama is doing a good job and shouldn’t be criticized for what he can’t do. It is going to be a big change for everyone. We need it.”
Rob Smith
Penn Hills
Musician/bus driver

“I wonder if there is anything behind the bill being passed. I heard that there will be fewer ways to getting diagnosed and treated for illnesses. I think there is always a catch behind everything. I want free health care for everyone but nothing is truly free.”
Purdey Featherstone
Hill District
Unemployed

(Compiled by Erin Perry.  Photos by Erin Perry.)

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