On March 21, 2010 the House of Representatives passed the bill, already approved by the Senate late last year, that made health insurance a requirement for all people, giving 95 percent of the country coverage. The uproar of disagreeing Americans could almost literally be heard as the bill passed with a vote of 219-to-212.
There is an internet full of facts for me to post but what’s the real purpose of this article. To write about my favorite subject, my personal opinion. I am a political science minor (I know, impressive), so I am more than qualified to give a logical unbiased report. Not.
I am as pro-health care reform as I am anti-Michael Bay movies. Which is a lot. But why? I am pro-health care reform because I believe that as a financially-secure American (well my family), I need to help others. Some people cannot afford to have healthcare and are putting off doctors’ visits and medical tests because they can’t afford them. People are losing their homes and livelihoods because their family members are becoming ill. People are dying because they can’t afford preventative care. There is a price for saving millions of lives. It’s a small tax hike, most of which is on the rich and not on income.
I always say that I am a Democrat because I understand that higher taxes get things done. I am willing to pay higher taxes if it means better education and safer streets. This is the same thing.
It seems that the debate on health care has been focused on the money. An important part, yes, but not where the focus should be. People’s lives are being saved. You can’t put a price on life. But this is our chance.
While were on the subject let’s talk money. New health care will cost just under $1 trillion dollars (about $980 billion) over the course of the next 10 years, but that would save us money compared to the path we were headed down. Like I said earlier ,most of the money comes from a higher income bracket a.k.a. rich folk. Some other spots the government will be sucking us dry (sarcasm alert!) is through a tanning tax. Sorry, ladies and a couple of gentlemen, but a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning facilities would raise $2.7 billion dollars by 2019. Also, in the why-didn’t-we-do-this-sooner department, a tax on health care industries.
For us college students, here’s the best part. Your parents’ healthcare with cover you until the age of 26, effective immediately. This will make the job hunt that much sweeter.
The only dark cloud on this sunny day that is health care reform is the public opinion. 54 percent of Americans disapprove of health care reform. I think that a more accurate figure would be 54 percent of Americans don’t understand health care reform. I know I didn’t until recently. While positive public opinion is not necessary, obviously, it does make things far easier. President Obama definitely made some enemies in the fight for this bill. For example pro-life Democrats in the House promised their votes if the bill didn’t cover abortions.
Whether you approve or not doesn’t seem to matter anymore seeing as Obama will have signed the bill into law by the time this article is published. Guess what? Your insured! Yay! Now throw a party for yourself with the comfort of knowing that no matter how much you torture your body you’ll be insured!