CHARLOTTE — While the debate continues on whether the Affordable Care Act is helping or hurting, two groups—one for and one against the new law—let people in Charlotte know about the changes Saturday.
Pattie Curran said the law is destroying her family. Two of her sons have chronic illnesses and she says the family's medical bills have more than doubled since the law went into effect.
On the other side of town, a group called “Get Covered America” was informing people of the law's benefits.
"It covers all the basics," said Mark Van Arnam, Get Covered America's regional leader. "Everything they would need: Hospitalization, emergency room visits, doctor visits, prescription drugs. You can't be denied because of preexisting conditions."
Van Arnam said millions more Americans can now afford health insurance who couldn't before.
"Financial assistance is available and people should find out what their options are," Van Arnam said.
Van Arnam said the law offers many options to help people, but the group “My Cancellation Project” sees it differently.
"We want to connect members of the community with the policy solutions that we believe can solve the problem," My Cancellation Project organizer Hadley Heath said.
Dozens of people who met with Heath Saturday have lost their health insurance under the law or, like the Currans, have seen a major increase in rates.
"It will come down to whether we want to eat food, or do we want to buy life-saving medications for our children?" Curran said.
It's a new struggle some families now face, while others are now able to sign up for the benefits they need.