There’s quite a hullabaloo this week about the Supreme Court hearings on “Obamacare” as the justices consider their most high-profile case in years. Despite President Obama’s recent appointments to the court – Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, it looks as if the overall conservative makeup might outweigh public opinion.
For many of the young people in my generation, the debate over Obamacare isn’t theoretical — it affects our lives every day.
My friends who will graduate from college this year and be thrown into the frozen employment landscape will have health insurance for only one reason — they are now allowed to be on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. That’s 3-4 extra years with healthcare, years when young people have typically gone without insurance.
The single most important effect of “Obamacare” has been to prohibit insurance companies from denying patients coverage for “pre-existing conditions.” That phrase has been thrown around a lot over the last few years, but it’s incredibly important. It means that if you don’t have health insurance and get diagnosed with cancer, you can buy health insurance and have it be covered. You can be an extremely chubby newborn baby and not be denied health coverage because you have the pre-existing condition of “obesity.”
And from a great list of lesser known effects of Obamacare:
3. Caloric reality at every major chain restaurants
Under the law, you would walk into a place like McDonald’s and see calories listed under every menu item – Big Mac (540 calories), McNuggets (10 pieces- 470 calories) and medium fries (380 calories).
The law requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to list calorie content information for standard menu items on menus and drive-through menus.
We want people to have health insurance. We want people to prepare for injury and illness in a productive way and to use preventive care to ease the burden on our emergency rooms and ambulances.
What will the Supreme Court decide? I don’t know. But if they smack down health reform in an act of political vengeance, the history books (and the American public) will look at them poorly forever.
I am lucky enough to have health insurance, but with health care reform you don’t need to be lucky to be insured. That’s why #ilikeObamacare.
An interesting read:
Justices vote on healthcare, but it’s secret, The Oregonian