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Uninsured face struggle for health care

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Today was a "draw a line in the sand" kind of day when it comes to Affordable Health Care Act. Those opposed to it and those in favor of it are in town to argue their points when it comes to Your Health, Your Choice.

Jeremy Bernstein had a long drive Monday. He made the trek from Goshen to Indianapolis to make a point.

"I am an uninsured preexisting condition," he explained.

His employer says it is willing to pay for his insurance if he can get any - but he can't.

"I have been uninsured for over a year with pre-existing condition of sleep apnea. My health care costs are tremendous. I need insurance," said Bernstein.

He has been on the waiting list for the Healthy Indiana plan since January so on Monday, he drove his point home on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse.

"That is the governor's solution to Medicaid expansion. But if there is a waiting list you can't get on," he said.

October will be a new beginning for Jeremy Bernstein.

On the north side of Indianapolis Rod Coons sees it a little differently.

"It looked like a hell of a mess coming," he said.

So Rod Coons sold his two businesses because, as he puts it, "I didn't want to go to my employees and say we cannot take care of you."

Rod and his wife Flo needed to make arrangements for themselves. They opted for a catastrophic online insurance company, but they still have questions. Their online offering goes away when the Affordable Health Care Act goes into effect - so the questions begin again.

Sitting together on the couch in their home, they reflected on the situation in which they find themselves.

"We have always taken care and tried to look ahead. Now we can't look ahead. It's weird, ain't it? There is...not enough clarity," they said.

So for Rod and Flo, the Affordable Health Care Act has too many unanswered questions. For Jeremy Bernstein the same act is a salvation.

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint will be conducting a Town Hall meeting at the Hilton tonight. It will be all about defunding the Affordable Health Care Act. So both sides are getting their say here today.

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