This article isn’t about statistics. It isn’t about complicated economic principles that the average American doesn’t understand. This article is about the moral implications of Obamacare. It is my opinion. I hope to raise questions that make people think about others the way we think about ourselves.
Last spring I found a large lump on my neck. Trust me when I tell you that the first thing that ran through my head after running my hands over the golf ball sized protuberance on my neck was ‘thank God I have good health insurance’. The next three months saw a CAT scan, two ultrasounds, countless blood tests, a biopsy (I am cancer free) and a pretty major surgery that resulted in the removal of half of my thyroid.
I was of course worried about my health and my wellness and my future, but I was not worried that my health insurance would drop me and leave me as uncovered as the back side of a hospital gown. Obamacare made it illegal for insurance companies to drop people when they get sick or, you know, actually use the insurance they have been paying for for years.
As if being dropped like a bad habit by your health insurance wouldn’t be bad enough, the next thing insurance companies liked to do was not insure sick people or people with ‘preexisting conditions’. If I had been dropped from my insurance, my brand spankin’ new thyroid condition would have most likely been enough to ensure that I was uninsurable. Obamacare outlawed this practice as well. It is asinine to think that a sick person couldn’t or shouldn’t be insured. What is insurance there for if people can’t actually use it?
My question to you the reader is this: why do some people deserve good healthcare and some deserve none at all? Are some people inherently more valuable than others? Why do some people get to focus on health during a health crisis and some people get to focus on insurmountable debt?
I propose to you that no matter a person’s job, economic power or station in life, every American deserves health insurance; good health insurance. Health insurance that does what it is supposed to do; health insurance that allows a patient to focus their energies on health and healing.
Obamacare has some significant issues to work out. It is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. What it is is a start. It is an attempt to take care of all Americans.