The Common Sense Economics Book includes a quote by Thomas Jefferson that says,
“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvements, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
The United States has been in much need of a sensible healthcare reform, but The Affordable Healthcare Act is by far the worst route our government could have taken. The US is the only developed nation that does not have a universal healthcare policy. 76% of Americans are uninsured. I understand the governments need to “protect and prevent” but the government should not intervene in the free market. I find the newly mandated Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obama Care a fascist way for the government to attempt employing a universal healthcare system. I find it incredibly frustrating as a young person with a sizeable income, who has no family support, high bills and a lot of debt, and most importantly, at this point in life, has no need for doctors or prescription medicines. This new mandate definitely does not leave me the freedom to regulate my own improvements.
Although, as a thirty year old woman, who plans to start a family within the next five years, I realize I should be interested in a health insurance policy for myself, and my future young ones. But I have no experience or interest in obtaining a health care plan. Like my mother, I grew up without health insurance, without seeing doctors, without medicine. I only saw the school nurse for my annual scoliosis and lice checks. Anything that my brother or I may have needed like removing fishing lures from our fingers she would just take care of herself. I have never spent much time even thinking about health insurance until now, not only because I am ready to start a family but since I am getting older now is the time that things start going wrong in our bodies. I see the benefits that the ACA is offering, but I disagree with the way they are going about it.
Now that I am thinking about pregnant women, yesterday I opened the Science Times section of the New York Times and read an article about the amount of pregnant women who are being prescribed opioid painkillers, without knowing the risks they cause to the fetus, My first reaction was WHAT?! Of the 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid nationally, nearly 23 percent of them fill those prescriptions. And this is only the statistic before we all are mandated to have health insurance. Imagine what the future holds! The problem isn’t only with the pregnant women of the nation, It is no secret that American’s love any excuse to fill a prescription. With Obamacare, the government will only help feed the “there’s a pill for everything” attitude of the 21st century.
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