The new Obama Care Law also known as Affordable Health Care Act is the hype nowadays. The bill hasn’t been passed yet, the Supreme Court will make a decision in June, but how this is going to play out in the next two years is going to be great for some or hinder many others with a burden.
There are obviously pros and cons to this act. The pros: preventative care, free wellness visits with doctors, insurance companies can’t deny coverage on pre-existing conditions, putting caps on deductibles, and the lower the income the lower the cap. Sounds good so far. Let’s look at the cons: shortage of doctors, supply doesn’t meet demand, the dreaded fine that everyone is worried about. That’s right. There will be a fine of $695/year if you don’t have health insurance (if the act was to pass).
This new health care law can go both ways. People living in poverty won’t be able to do much if they can’t afford it and it seems a bit unfair for them to pay the fine when they couldn’t do anything about it in the first place. I had mentioned a month before how young adults aged 18-26 were without health care and some are now on their parent’s healthcare because of the law passed in 2008-2009. The ones that aren’t on their parent’s healthcare can’t afford them on their own either and instead of saving the money, the government plans to rob them of it by fining them for failing to maintain insurance. The young adults that are living on their own have other responsibilities to take care of too such as housing, food, gas, etc without having to worry about paying the fine.
Overall, the government isn’t taking into consideration the poor and elderly in this whole Affordable Care Act. The ones that have much to lose with this new act are the ones who are unemployed (currently at 8.2 percent), living in poverty and the elderly. I wonder if Obama is trying to pass this just to get another term. Wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. After all, the government hasn’t thought about the people in a long time. It’s all about “What’s in it for me?”
What are your thoughts about the new Healthcare?
Courtesy of News-Leader