Fight over health care law isn't over
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The signiture achievement of President Obama's first term is two years old this weekend. But not everyone is celebrating the Affordable Care Act.
Dick Stoops is a volunteer at a free clinic at the Oakland Coliseum. The Kentucky native and registered Republican volunteers because he wants to be part of making a difference.
"I see people out here sitting all night -- cold, wet, rainy, wrapped up in blankets, sleeping bags and tents," he said. Stoops knows first-hand the people who come here are desperate for medical care. "But I also see them at the same time playing these several hundred dollar iPads and iPods. I see them with fancy painted fingernails and toenails."
The 73-year-old says government health care shouldn't bail out those people, and he doesn't like the health care law's provision requiring all Americans to have health insurance.
"I don't think the government should require a person to have something that he doesn't want," he explained.
The latest ABC News-Washington Post poll shows 51 percent of Americans agree with Stoops in opposing the health care law.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi led a San Francisco rally in support of the law on Friday and acknowledged that a lot of Americans are opposed to what they call Obamacare.
"They are saying they don't want to have a government role in that and yet many of them love their Medicare. They just don't realize that there's a government role," Pelosi said. She told supporters they've got to get the word out about the good the law does.
As a senior, Stoops has government provided Medicare, and he likes it. "It's working very well for me." he said. If the government could offer that to more people, that would be a good thing, "as long as the people pay into it like I am," Stoops said.
The retired lieutenant colonel says he likes the plan they have in Germany. "Everybody pays in a certain percentage to the health care. That i can agree with.
Stoops also feels strongly about personal responsibility. He's a voter the Republicans are counting on and that the president needs to win over before November.
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