Vadim Smirnov quickly explained why he was at a bus stop in downtown Charleston in the middle afternoon instead of at a restaurant preparing food.
He said he doesn't have a job, but that's not all he doesn't have
"Almost nobody in the industry on the lower end has any health care at all," Smirnov said.
Similar to millions of Americans, Smirnov does not have health insurance because he says he can't afford it.
"A lot of people will not go see a doctor if they are sick because they just can't afford to," Smirnov said.
43 percent of restaurant workers in the United States are 26 or younger, reports the restaurant association
and Smirnov says he has noticed that many get sick and then they get fired.
"Most chefs and restaurant owners are willing to be pretty reasonable if a person gets sick or a person gets hurt but it's completely at the whim of those people since this is a hire at will fire at will state," Smirnov said
Smirnov says that he is looking forward to seeing his options on the health insurance marketplace as soon as it's up and running.
"Just because a person doesn't make enough money to see a doctor they still need to live and to work and if you can't have that then what are you to do," Smirnov said.
Through the health insurance marketplace, Smirnov and anyone younger than 30 will be able to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll using a computer. If a person has questions, real-time help is available over the phone Smirnov, who was born in Russia, says he believes the affordable care law is good for all people.
"I think it is the societal smart thing to do to keep people working,"