UNCW students stay informed about healthcare reform

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - College Republicans on the UNCW campus tried to educate fellow students about healthcare reform Friday, by having them sign a petition if they wanted to learn more about the President's plans.

Student Katherine Oliveolo said she's against Obama's reform bill.  She signed the petition because her parents already pay $1,500 a month for health care.

"If we have nationalized health care then I don't see how people don't see how taxpayers still going to be paying for it, and how the cost isn't going to go up, if we're all responsible for all people who don't have health care," said Oliveolo.

She said it's one issue that has divided her classmates.

"We have discussions in class and there's people Democrat and Republican who are completely for it and people who are against it," said Oliveolo.

Sophomore Staci Soble said she's for the plan.

"My dad turned 60 in August and he lost his job three months before that, so he has no health care," said Soble.

While many students may still be on their parents' healthcare plan, they're still keeping an eye on the current bill the President is proposing.

"I'll hopefully be coming out of here with a full time job and don't want to be taxed to death," said student Kevin King.

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