In order for the Affordable Care Act to work the President has said young healthy people need to buy insurance. We checked in with a 28 year old from Roanoke to find out what he thinks of the mandate and what he plans to do.
" I don't have health insurance," Joe Swindell said. That makes him like many Americans. What makes him like many twenty somethings, men in particular: he doesn't go to the doctor.
What will Swindell do when it comes to the health insurance mandate? "I have no idea," Swindell said.
Swindell is a self employed computer programmer who also works part time as a computer technician at Virginia Western Community College, where recently his hours were cut because of the Affordable Care Act.
"So we get our hours cut then we have more expenses so it's quite interesting," Swindell said.
If anyone can figure out the government website this self described computer geek can. He typed in healthcare.gov and the site popped up, but within a second or two it crashed. Despite multiple tries he could not get on the site while we were there.
"That's a government plan. 'We'll make a health website and only 100 people at a time can sign up,'" Swindell said as he mocked what he called poor planning by the federal government.
At this point Swindell doesn't know how much his insurance premium would be or whether he'd qualify for any of the federal subsidies or tax exemptions. When we left him here's what he was thinking.
"If I see a good option I would get healthcare but if not I might wait a year and just take the first year fine," Swindell said. "It is frustrating. It's very frustrating."
"You know, people like me who don't really want health insurance but now I've got to buy it so that's another expense," Swindell said. "I've got to figure out what in the world to do."