Thankfully, I found gainful employment elsewhere albeit a year later. Fully ensured and no longer fearful of what might happen should my health take a turn for the worse, for the first time I realized the importance of healthcare insurance. Two years after being laid of from SonyBmg, I found myself on the unemployment line once again. And, once again I was without healthcare insurance because I simply felt like it was not affordable. When I landed a position with my current employer 6 years ago, I was again reminded of the importance of insurance. Immediately after getting the job, I was able to get my annual pap smear, mammogram, hearing test, orthopedic exams, lab tests, dental tests and all around physical. It was one of the greatest feelings I had had in quite some time. One year into my job, my joint disease reared its ugly head and the ligaments in my finger popped forcing me to undergo surgery followed by intense physical therapy. What would I had done had that happened two years ago? The question will have to remain unanswered...thankfully.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as many pundits and objectors to the bill would like to call it aims to help those people that are currently in the position I found myself in years ago. It aims to help people like my cousin who at 34 works over 30 hours in retail but because she is considered part time doesn't qualify for company institued insurance. The ACA, has been instituted to help people like my friend who is a freelance worker in the child psychology field and thereby has to pay for her own healthcare insurance. Insurance that prior to the ACA would have cost her nearly 1000.00 per month.
My point isn't one of political nature. No. Instead, it stems from a humanity standpoint. I honestly feel that it is important that we as Americans stand up for and alongside our fellow citizens and demand the right to affordable insurance. At the end of the day when you're able to take care of yourself and ensure that you're exposed to the those benefits that will enable a long and healthy life, it goes a long way in keeping money in your pocket and not emergency hospital rooms. Just because you have great insurance doesn't mean your brother and sister shouldn't. Support the right of all Americans for Affordable Healthcare. If not, at least educate yourself on it by clicking on www.healthcare.gov
Yours in Health,