Law School Grad: Parents' Insurance Big Help
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Samantha Ames is a 25-year-old that underwent a surgery that she could only afford because she was under her parents' health plan. The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision today to uphold virtually all of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. (June 28)


[Notes:Source: AP][Notes:Location: Washington, D.C.][Notes:Date: 28 June 2012][SOT/:Samantha Ames / law school graduate]Samantha Ames, law school graduate("I have loose joints throughout my body and I got surgery on both of my ankles when I was a teenager and last year, before my final exam of the semester, I tore through one of the surgeries. I tripped over that dog and it just tored right through and we tried three months of physical therapy, it didn't work. It became clear that I was going to need surgery, and thank goodness I was able to get back on my parents' health insurance because the student insurance that I was on would not had covered nearly all of it, if at all. I would had to pay 5 to 12,000 dollars at least. And my parents' coverage, 30,000 dollars it covered every penny.""I mean, the nature of our employment system is such that it's changing. I mean, you have internships, you have graduate school, those things are necessary, becoming more and more necessary in order to function in this world nowadays. The fact of the matter I work really hard, I just don't happen to get paid for it or get benefits for it right now. And I'm not the only one for whom that it's true." "The problem is I'm studying for the bar exam. I know that a lot of companies have voluntarily offered to extend this to youth under 26, but my insurance company is not one of them." "I could have lost my health insurance today, and for a year there would had been not a thing you could do to stop it. I mean our federal constitution is in odds with a lot of international human rights law that say basic health care is a human right. We have a lot of rights in our Constitution: voting, travelling, privacy. Health care feels like it should be one of those. It feels like something that you need to stay alive, it should be one of those." STORYLINE: Last year, Samantha Ames, a 25-year-old law school graduate, had to undergo a surgery for a torned ankle ligament. The surgery had a $30,000 price tag. She says that her student health care coverage would not had covered enough of the surgery's price. But she was lucky. She was able to get covered under the health plan of her parents. This meant, that she was able to afford her surgery. Today, she rejoices that the Supreme Court supported President Obama's health care plan. She will now be able to remain under her parents' coverage until she turns 26. (****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: -----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: