Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The reaction over the decision to uphold President Obama's healthcare plan didn't stop at the Supreme Court steps. Medical professional in the Midlands are giving their opinions over the historic overhaul.
Vice President Allan Stalvey with the South Carolina Hospital Association supports the bill b/c they are among the healthcare providers required by law to see every patient that comes in regardless of their ability to pay.
"So as the number of uninsured individuals increase, we find it more and more difficult to figure out how to pay for these individuals," said Stalvey.
Stalvey says that with the expanded coverage, Midlands hospitals will have a better ability to give care to everyone.
However, that same sentiment is not shared over in Lexington at Dr. March Seabrooks Gastroenterologist office, where he sees nearly 40 patients a day.
"I think this is a huge Government intrusion and now deemed a tax. So this will be a huge tax on not only me and others but I think the tax will be passed down to my children," said Seabrook.
Seabrook adds he believes the mandate will create an interference between him and the patients he treats.
"And then the huge expense that is going to go with this program going forward. We can't afford what we are doing now. How are we going to be able to afford what this entails?"
Depending on who you ask, the ruling was a win, or a loss, for members of the medical community in the Midlands.
The Affordable Care Act will not take effect until 2014, it's sure to have those for and against it watching closely.