The Affordable Care Act

Snaps: the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington D.C., February 2011

Like I said on Twitter today, I very much try to avoid discussing Politics with The Internet.

But, today, we are political.  Because like I’ve said before, even though I very much love the blog as an interactive tool and a platform, it’s also a really good way for me to remember stuff that is Important.

To me, This Is Important.

So, feel free to take a break if you can’t handle opposing viewpoints.  Because I’m really not interested in serving as some sort of support group for people who wish that the Affordable Care Act would have been struck down.

I’m just not.

That’s what Facebook is for.

Marcus and I are fortunate to live a life that is incredibly blessed.  While we are both on his employer’s insurance plan, we are able to get insurance coverage through my employer as well.  And we are well-off enough that finances have never been and (God Willing) will never be a worry.

So if you want to look at it from that perspective: Insured and Well-Off, there are a lot of ways that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t really benefit us and a lot of ways that our lives, health insurance-wise, will likely look largely the same.

Except for free Birth Control.  Can I get an Amen from anyone in the room?  That’s $180/year I can take to the bank right there.

And there are probably a lot of ways that the Affordable Care Act will NEVER benefit us in comparison to the 50 million Americans who are currently uninsured.

This isn’t about freedom or choices or convenient equality.  This is about the fact that Democracy, Our Country, America, only works when we pull together as a team.

It’s about the selfish fact that if I’m going to live in a country where all of the crazy that has happened over the last two years has taken place, then you sure-as-heck had better believe that I’m going to live in a country where there are no obstacles to seeking medical care, whether it’s because you are old, poor, unemployed, or were born sick.

And no, there are no “buts” here.  This is The Right Thing To Do.

And, it’s still Cocktail Week.  So fear not for a parched throat with Megan’s Raging Aztec Frappe, Allison’s Peach Pie Prosecco “Palmer”, Allison’s Radler, Carrie’s Raspberry Thyme Tom Collins.  Kirsten’s Traverse City Cherry Mojitos, Lauren’s Paloma, Katie’s Watermelon Mojo, Madelyn’s Peach Bellini and (take a breather party-people) Madeline’s Blueberry Smash.

p.s. Head on over to Megan’s blog to enter her giveaway for a real, live KitchenAid blender!  This week is kind of a big deal.

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10 responses to “The Affordable Care Act

  1. impatientlyme

    $180 a year for birth control. I’ll take that any day over the $540 I fork over and I’m in the category of worrying about finances. Total win for everyone today since no one is ready to see me with a baby.

  2. If you have a finite product, but give everyone infinite access to said finite product, how long will you have to wait in line to actually access it yourself? The wealthiest Americans will still be able to get the best care expeditiously, but the responsible working class will be standing in the same long lines with the irresponsible segments of society.

  3. AMEN!!!

  4. As a member of the lowish-income uninsured contingency I am of course glad about this measure. At any rate, I’m glad to see that some people (like yourself!) can look past their own good fortune and realize that this is the right thing to do. This is what makes sense constitutionally and what is really fair in a democracy. Thanks for speaking up.

  5. I also try to keep clear of The Politics on all of the internet, but today was a happy day for me. We are in a similar situation as you, and we enjoy good healthcare. I am further fortunate to have a doctor who actually considers prevention an Important Process in healthcare, so in the last year I’ve had both a mammogram and colonoscopy as well as a follow up ultrasound when something looked “funny” on the mammo (all clear).
    I have also fought the health care system (and lost), and I will happily cheer at the top of my lungs knowing that someone else who might be in a less fortunate situation than I, someone whose voice hasn’t been heard, can now have healthcare for when illness comes. Because all the prevention in the world doesn’t stop some things.
    And yes, I agree. This IS The Right Thing to Do. Government needs to care about its people enough to want good health and good health care for all. Period.

  6. I couldn’t agree more! As a recent college grad searching for meaningful work I am breathing a sigh of relief that I can stick on my parents insurance for a few more years. Furthermore if that were to change I know there is an affordable solution out there now.

  7. I tend to agree with G, but wish the powers that be would figure out some sort of way to regulate it somewhat because having disabilities should not bankrupt people. Insurance should have to take you whether you are healthy or not.

  8. It’s not my favorite bit of legislation, but I think overall it does more good than harm. This won’t be the end of health care reform, but it’s a step in the right direction.

  9. I do secretly love it a good bit when you wade towards the political – because you always seem so reasonable!
    I would also just add that not only is it the right thing to do (and I agree it is), but the hope is that the social cost of medicine may also actually go down because people who will now have insurance (and didn’t before) will hopefully get regular check-ups and preventative care instead of having to rely on the (more expensive, and paid for by taxes) emergency room.

  10. I can’t wait until we have more health insurance options. I would be much more likely to quit my job and do something more fulfilling and creative if I wasn’t as worried about where I would get health insurance. America can be so third world sometimes. Such a shame.

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