Reasons to support ObamaCare

I keep reading polls that show confusing numbers about whether people support ObamaCare or not. I support it, and here is why.

Just six short months from now, people will be able to start signing up for new health insurance plans under ObamaCare, also known as the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act. This landmark law will provide health care to more of our nation’s low-income people than anything ever has. But that’s not all; working middle-class Americans like me have been declined health insurance simply because of pre-existing conditions like cancer or diabetes. Approximately 50 percent of Americans have a pre-existing condition, and ObamaCare says that by 2017 this will be eliminated even for high-risk persons.

Women have been charged more for health insurance coverage here in Alaska due to gender, and this law will finally even that playing field. Women have been paying out-of-pocket for much of their preventive care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and baby feeding tools that the new law ensures are covered without a co-pay. Plus, ObamaCare requires that all insurance plans cover preventative services and stops insurance companies from dropping a person that is sick, as well as other reforms and protections.

Those who fear it won’t work can turn to Massachusetts to see it working there, where 97 percent of the population now has health insurance. The goal of ObamaCare is to provide affordable health insurance options for all citizens in this country and to reduce the growth in healthcare spending. 60 percent of the nation’s bankruptcies are due to medical bills, including mine at the age of 23.

Many people blame me or do not understand why I support ObamaCare. I simply want the option of purchasing health insurance without having to rely on an employer. People with pre-existing conditions who want to further their education, travel the world, retire, or are unemployed do not have the luxuries of purchasing an individual plan. At present, I do not have the option to purchase an individual plan because I had cancer, and I certainly cannot afford the costs of COBRA which typically end between 12 and 18 months anyway. I think that all Americans should be treated with the same respect and opportunities for healthcare regardless of race, age, gender, socioeconomic status, pre-existing conditions, and disabilities, and ObamaCare is a start.

Rachel L. Rogers

Juneau

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