A statewide policy requiring all residents to have health insurance took effect on July 1. Under the new law, companies with 10 or more employees must offer coverage to employees working more than 35 hours per week. But for some young people like Megan Anderson, the thought of being forced to by into healthcare is troublesome.
“It’s good that everyone has insurance,” she said, “(but) it makes it difficult for people that are trying to afford rent.”
Anderson, who was waiting for a bus at the Davis Square stop, said the health plan her employer offers is too expensive for her. She said she’ll purchase health insurance eventually” but right now it is too much on top of rent. She said the benefit just doesn’t justify the cost. Even though Anderson said she believes the new law makes life more difficult for her, she agrees with the concept in theory. She said ideally, “Everyone should be able to get it for free.”