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Larry Lax Hammond.  | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

Larry Lax of Hammond. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 28, 2012 11:26PM

Walter A. Carter, of Hobart, said he does not have insurance but isn’t concerned about the new mandate.

“I’m not worried,” he said.

However, Carter said he doesn’t think he’ll vote for President Obama this year because of the law.

Hammond resident Larry Lax said he’s uninsured because insurance companies want to charge him hundreds of dollars a month because of a pre-existing condition. He said he’s not concerned about having to get insurance, though, partly because so many other people signing up will help to control rates and partly because it works in Europe.

“I think it’ll be good,” he said.

Regina Gomez, of Gary’s Glen Park neighborhood, said she’s concerned the new law might raise her premiums for her and her son’s insurance. However, she said she would likely take advantage of more preventative care now that it will be fully covered.

“I think it’s a good idea for everyone to get insurance,” she said.

“If it’s more affordable, I definitely agree it will be helpful,” Merrillville resident Rosemary Shudick said.

However, Shudick, is on Medicare, said she did wonder if some costs might increase.

Karyn Robinson, of Merrillville, doesn’t have insurance because she said it’s too expensive to get it through her job.

“The insurance thing is getting out of hand,” she said.

She said she would probably look into whatever insurance exchange Indiana comes up with as an option.

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