Today the Supreme Court will rule on the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”. The act’s purpose was to ensure that Americans would be able to get health insurance easier and make it less costly. The main bone of contention seems to be the individual mandate. This would require all American citizens to purchase health insurance or face a fine.
The reason for the mandate is because by insuring all Americans you are insuring the healthy and the sick. Without the mandate you might be getting a larger group of sick folks buying insurance which means a possible cost increase to insurance companies and in turn means higher premiums which might make already high insurance rates even higher.
When I was uninsured I looked into buying my own health insurance, it was going to cost me almost $300 a month. I could not afford that. So I fell into the depths of bad healthcare. Just thriving anyway that I could and cutting corners.
The hope with ACA is that health insurance will be more affordable which will lead to better health for all Americans. Illnesses popup sometimes out of nowhere. In addition to diabetes, I am also a 2 time cancer survivor. The first time I just turned 21, and believe me I did not expect to get cancer at that age. Luckily I had a full time with insurance and my care was taken care of.
One thing I know for sure is that all children deserve to be insured. Parents should not have to agonize how to take care of their children because of lack of insurance. This is one thing the ACA is helping. I am trying to not take a position on this one way or another. This is not a political blog. I know this is a hot issue in our country and many are passionate about it.
My biggest hope is that ACA stands up to the reasons it was created and we as a country become healthier. This is a very important vote and my belief is that if anything is voted down it will be the individual mandate that is why I made it the focus of my blog today.