Supreme Court to decide on Obamacare
PADUCAH, Ky. — On Thursday, the Supreme Court will publish its decision in one of the most-watched court cases in decades, a case that affects virtually all of us.
At issue: whether the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it has become known, is constitutional.
According to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, many Americans think it's not.
The Supreme Court has a few options: leave the law as is, strike down the individual mandate that requires everyone to have insurance, but leave the rest of the law intact, or strike down the entire law.
What we do know is the high court's decision will have far-reaching implications.
Carol Mathis has 17 prescriptions. The disabled 65-year-old can only laugh about the massive amount of medicine her doctors prescribe. What she can't find so funny is the price tag.
"All of it is very expensive," Mathis said.
Here's the problem: before Obamacare, people like Mathis had to pay 100 percent of their prescriptions after their prescription costs exceeded $2,800 dollars, up to $4,500. That's the so-called "donut hole".
Obamacare filled the donut hole, saving Mathis hundreds of dollars. Lose Obamacare and she loses this important benefit.
"I will not be able to afford it," Mathis said.
Even Mathis, who's benefited from Obamacare, admits she's not so sure about it.
"I don't really understand a lot of it and I think 99 percent of the population is the same way," Mathis said
She hopes the Supreme Court does what's best.
"Take out the parts that's will hurt us and leave the parts that won't hurt us," Mathis said.
She admit's she's not sure which is which but hopes they leave the provision that eliminates the donut hole, so she can keep getting the medicine she needs to survive.
"I'm really praying really hard that God guides their hands to do the right thing," Mathis said.
Mathis said other seniors in her circle feel the same way. They don't know how to feel about the law. They're a little fearful because there are a thousand pages and so much to it but they do like the parts that save money.
For the seniors on a fixed income, eliminating the donut hole could be a life saver.