Healthcare reform may benefit students

Cameron Koch

The Supreme Court ruling that President Barack Obama’s controversial healthcare reform bill is constitutional continues to stir up debate, but students may end up benefiting thanks to one part of the bill.

Saundra Ardrey, head of the department of political science, said that the bill will perhaps benefit young people the most.

“One of the demographics that will benefit the most from this are young people…more specifically college age students and young people,” Ardrey said.

Students under the Affordable Care Act can stay on their parent’s health insurance up to age 26, benefiting undergraduates and students who continue their education at graduate school. Previously upon receiving an undergraduate degree students wouldn’t be covered under their parent’s plan.

“With the economy where it is and students and graduates not finding jobs as quickly as before this should help them have some insurance coverage as they try to start their careers,” Ardrey said.

Senator Rand Paul joined others in vowing to continue to fight issuing a statement that said in part, “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional.”

Ardrey said that the Supreme Court’s ruling is final and that they simply ruled that the Affordable Care Act is allowable under the U.S. Constitution, but not that it is necessarily good or bad law.

“The Supreme Court has the power to interpret the constitution and to interpret law; it wasn’t just a couple of guys. “

Those unhappy with the court’s decision still have a chance to shoot down the bill, as it now lies in the hands of Congress on whether or not the bill will pass intact or at all, Ardrey said.

“For those who are fighting it the fight turns now to congress.”