Looking forward in healthcare

Joseph Espiritu

Earlier this year, President Obama spoke about the economic crisis facing the United States at his address to congress.  During his speech the president told the nation that it will emerge stronger than ever before and that the answers to our problems do not lie beyond our reach.  He also commented on the steady decline of our economy leading to this recession, yet how we as a nation kept pushing aside solutions such as finding new energy sources, healthcare reform, and improving education.

On September 9th, the President once again spoke to Congress and the nation concentrating on the topic of healthcare reform, and how it can help aid in the path of repairing our economy.

“Put simply, our healthcare problem is our deficit problem,” Obama said.
Under the president’s new plan, basic health insurance coverage will be required by law, much like how automotive insurance is a requirement for every American. This is meant to keep the cost of healthcare down, since taxpayers and other insurance carriers will no longer have to pay for the care of uninsured individuals.

But what exactly does this mean for those who are currently dependent on their parents’ health insurance, and are nearing the transition to becoming independent carriers themselves, or those who are currently uninsured?

For one thing, it means that they will have to pay for health insurance, as it will be required by law should it pass.  Secondly, it means having to add another cost to an already expensive list of bills.

So is health insurance worth it?  With a large portion of non-health insurance carriers making up 20-30 year-olds who make up the healthiest demographic of our population, is the healthcare reform really going to affect their overall wellbeing or just be another financial burden?

With the president’s new plan of affordable, quality healthcare for every American it might just be, but that is a gray area, considering “affordable” is an abstract word.

Nonetheless, many will still argue about its costs v. benefits in the long run, but if you think about how much it medication costs, and more importantly, how much surgery can cost, then maybe a little coverage might not hurt, especially if it’s going to be as “cheap” as it sounds.

Not everyone will agree with this new bill, but it may just be our answer to a financially stronger and healthier nation-we can just hope it wasn’t the closest solution within reach, but is indeed the best one.

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