Dr. Eric Ford, a professor in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, was interviewed by WFMY News 2 regarding changes to healthcare.

“Many of the uninsured have severe illnesses or pre-existing conditions. When they join the insurance pool, we’re going to have to pay for those people’s care more directly than we’re currently paying. That’s going to cause everybody’s insurance rates to go up,” he said.

He later talked about how this affects younger populations of insurance users.

“A lot of this was designed to draw in young, healthy people who aren’t insured so they can help cover some of the cost for other people. However, the way the law is currently structured, it’s cheaper for them to take the penalty,” Ford said.

“Pre-existing conditions and experience don’t matter. You’ll face the same charges, even if you have a pre-existing condition, like diabetes or coronary heart failure, as somebody who is healthy and young,” he stated.