Local recipients of health care subsidies pleased with Supreme Court’s ruling

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Left: Wayne Childress of Germanton works as an independent contractor installing satellite dishes. He says that keeping the ACA will allow him to afford health insurance. (Walt Unks/Journal) Right: Eddie Reynolds, a Winston-Salem based photographer and musician, poses for a portrait on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

GERMANTON, N.C. — For Wayne Childress, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold subsidies under the Affordable Care Act was a good thing.

“With the subsidy, I can afford my health insurance for myself and my two sons,” Childress said.

Childress, 43, who lives in Germanton, was among several people who shared their stories with the Winston-Salem Journal of how the court’s ruling will affect their lives.

Childress, who is divorced, installs satellite television and Internet connections in Winston-Salem as a subcontractor for the Dish Network LLC, he said. Without the federal subsidy, health insurance for him and his two sons would cost about a $1,000 month, which he couldn’t afford.

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