After Sunday's passage of national health care legislation, MetroWest residents expressed feelings ranging from anger to relief.

After Sunday's passage of national health care legislation, MetroWest residents expressed feelings ranging from anger to relief.


Louise Buckley of Marlborough lamented that it was unfair to force people who work hard for health insurance to pay for those without.


"My husband and I, our insurance rates are going to go up and the taxes are going to go up," she said while walking down Main Street on Monday morning. "How will this pay for reform?


"People that don't have insurance are getting helped by me and others who do have it."


Fellow Marlborough resident Dan Kosel, 28, directed his frustrations at President Obama.


"Obama did it all wrong in my opinion," he said. "I want reform, but I don't like how they did this and how they went about getting it done."


One area resident said the state's mandate for universal health care means something quite personal for her.


"I was actually in a situation where I did not have health care and I became very ill," said Framingham resident Jennifer DeRossa on Monday. "I moved here, I was healthy, and something did happen but I had signed up for the Commonwealth Connector plan since state law told me I had to be insured.


"I'm convinced everything happens for a reason and because of the state insurance I'm healthy today."


Despite her positive experience with Massachusetts' health care system, she said she's still "on the fence" with regards to federal health care.


"I just don't think it should be the responsibility of the government," she said. "It means higher taxes and I think we've all been taxed enough."


Near a bus stop on East Central Street, Nate Nemitz of Natick said so far he's only heard bad things about the bill.


"I heard maybe only one person say something good about it," he said. "So much of what I've read has been drowned out by what's wrong with the bill, so I'm not sure what to think."


In Framingham, Leslie Idzal said she was happy the measure passed.


"My husband would disagree with me, but I think it's a good thing," she said while walking with her preschool-age son down Lexington Street. "But I don't know all the details and I'd like to see some more information about it."


Idzal added that she wished the bill had been passed sooner.


"I just recently found out about some changes to my health plan that I wasn't aware of and if this had been instituted before, that would have been helpful to me," she said.


Kathy Hawkins of Framingham approves.


"I'm greatly relieved," she said as she exited the town's library. "I think it falls far short of what we need but we need to start somewhere."


Hawkins said one part of the bill she especially likes is the part addressing pre-existing medical conditions.


"I think that people should not be disqualified for those and it's a good thing Washington is addressing that," she said.


Hawkins also said the negativity surrounding the legislation was disturbing.


"The whole socialism argument disturbed me," she said. "Would those same people have been demonstrating about Medicare and Medicaid when those got passed?


"They are probably users of those programs, as we all are, and I think that wise heads prevailed."


MetroWest Daily News correspondent Matt Bushery contributed to this story. Evan Lips can be reached at 508-490-7461 or elips@cnc.com.