Health Care and Freedom
Americans love freedom. That is not deniable, but what is “freedom” exactly? Those opposing the Affordable Health Care Act are quick to point out that it is their “right” to NOT have health insurance, or not be mandated to buy it. They want to maintain that “freedom”. Okay, I am all for freedom, but having been a person who has stayed in a job simply because of health insurance, let me tell you…that isn’t freedom. You can’t switch jobs because you may lose health insurance or, God forbid, you have a pre-existing condition. You aren’t free…you are bound to your job. Check out this article by Kelly Cuvar (cancer patient) detailing her issues with America’s health care system. A bite from the article:
What cancer hasn’t been able to do, our broken healthcare system has done: force me to deal with anxiety on levels I have never known before. After working so hard on the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I realize we didn’t get all that we wanted, but we got a few things that we need. For a society that considers health care a commodity, we are getting closer to being able to celebrate the goal of a healthy society. Ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, being able to receive necessary preventative care, and ensuring that women are not charged higher premiums than men are steps toward meeting healthcare reform’s goal of a healthier nation.