For all of the protesters that picket our president as a socialist and shout to the top of their lungs that they will move out of the country should the bill pass, I want to ask them now where is their plane ticket?
Yesterday someone asked me, "How can you support Nancy's bill?"
I responded, "I support 32 million Americans."
Health care is such a divisive issue but in reality, health insurance withholds a common ground that every party and every person can share. Everyone wants to be healthy. Everyone wants to be happy. Everyone wants to be able to get help when they are sick and down on their luck. And no one wants to be poor for everything that was just mentioned.
The problem lies within the fact that along with that, just about everyone agrees that the health insurance industry is America has major problems, but not everyone can agree to a solution. I will not help ease the tension in the nation not by protesting either side, but rather by informing both sides.
- Over the next 10 years, the health care legislation will cost $940 billion.
- It will help to cover 32 million uninsured Americans
- When fully implicated the percent of insured will increase from 83% to 95%
- Everyone will be required to have some form of health insurance by 2014 or pay a fine
- Higher premiums for women would be banned and insurers would be forbidden from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions
- Kids and young adults can stay on their parents insurance until they are 26 years of age
- Medicaid is expanded
- Taxes supporting the bill are not implemented until 2018
- Seniors receive 50% discount on brand name prescription drugs
I would be willing to bet that within the next two years at least a quarter of the anti- health care protesters will be signing up for the aid that it gives.
It truly bothers me to see the amount of people across America that share in a lack of information regarding such an important issue. Many protesters, on both sides of the argument in fact, do not understand what all the bill entails.
Life is about choices. Many who oppose the bill just don't care about those less fortunate than themselves. I have excellent health care but I know that not everyone is as fortunate. Those that despise the bill are either elitist or people who, in part, act out of fear. Many worry that the government is going to far and that this is the beginning of the end; that the federal government is taking over our lives. But the same people agree with the ideals of the bill and would only go along with it if each state were to propose it.
Others feel it takes away from the initiative and the drive that keeps the country running. They feel this just gives another reason for people to be lazy. But what of the main reasons many people hate the bill soon to be signed into law, is they don't won't their taxes going up and they don't want the burden put on their grandchildren. Those that voice their concern of rising taxes are typically too poor to be taxed heavily, and those old enough to worry about their grandchildren are already making me broke paying for their retirement and Social Security checks every month.
America, we have a president that campaigned for change. Thank God we got it.
For more information on what all the House bill entails: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/18/AR2010031803584.html