3-July-2012 Ms. Berkley

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Obama Care

Obama Care will make America a much healthier nation. Obama Care is a nickname for the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which was implemented by President Barack Obama. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 is a health care reform that allows everyone to have health care no matter his or her socioeconomic status. The reason why Obama Care should be protected is because universal health care is the morally right thing to do as Americans; saves America money and saves thousands of lives.

This is America; everyone should be allowed to have health care, we all have a right to equality. According to Merriam-Webster.com right means, “being in accordance to what is just, good and proper.” Is it right that some people have insurance while others don’t just because of their socioeconomic status? Just because they were possibly born with less than others or they made less wise decisions then others, does that mean they should not have insurance. According to M.S., Sloan School of Business Kimberly Amadeo, there are 32 million Americans that are uninsured and they can’t get insurance, because of varies reasons. Does their life mean any less then ours just because they have less than us? In the Declaration of Independence it talks about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that’s what we promised each other after we won our freedom from the tyranny of England. If we deny our fellow Americans health insurance we are not giving them life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

Can someone really be happy if his or her child is deathly ill and is on the verge of dying? Well for thousands of families this is a real life situation and they are watching their children die. Researchers at John Hopkins Hospital studied data from more than 23 million hospitalized children in more than 37 states estimate “uninsured children faced a 60 percent increased risk of dying.” They have to constantly struggle with managing their health even though they should have been entitled to it. Is this really how America was meant to become, is this how we want America to perpetuate. Webster defines another word that’s very important to America achieving life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and that’s equality.

In America were everyone’s supposed to start off equal, how have we ever allowed people to live their lives without health insurance. Webster says that equality means “the quality or state of being equal.” Then they go on to give an example of equality, which states “the ideals of liberty and equality.” These two words helped to build the great nation that we live in but since our forefathers we have failed to implement these words in our government. This is not the proper image of America, our forefathers would have never let it reach such a state of selfishness. Do we want our children and future generation to live their lives, living only for their own sake? I know this is not how our forefathers planed for America to become.

In the land that our forefathers fought for equality in, thousands of Americans are dying because of lack of insurance. Alexander Eichler a business reporter at The Huffington Post, states that a “study, published in 2002 by the Institute of Medicine, claimed to find that18,000 Americans had died in 2000 as a result of having no health insurance.” Eichler then tells about following studies shows that in 2006 roughly 22,000 Americans had died. By 2010 studies showed that roughly 26,000 Americans have died from not having health insurance. This is not what America should portray itself as; this is not the land of the free and equal that our forefathers sacrificed their lives for.

The land our forefathers planned for us to live in was one that was equal, a land where everyone has an equal chance to live and support him or herself. Where the sick are helped to health and don’t die from the lack of help. Where no one is let to die because of his or her lack of food, insurance, or shelter. So that even the poor people can survive on their own will and if they cant they are helped. Our forefathers give their lives so that everyone would have a chance to live and have equality. There should always be help for those that need it, though some believe that they are only responsible for them selves.

Though some believe that they shouldn’t have to pay for people that don’t have health insurance. They believe that if they want it they should work to get it and that it’s not there responsibility to take care of other people. This is wrong, it is our responsibility to take care of others like we have in the past and still continue to do. For example we pay car insurance not because of us, it’s for the sake of others. We want to make sure that if their car is destroyed or if they are injured that we have insurance to pay for the damages. Another example is how our taxes pay for city lights and roads. Though we may never use those streetlights and roads it so others have nice roads to drive on and streetlights to see at night. Americans have always been helping each other and this health care reform is just another way for us to help each other. Everyone needs help at some point in his or her lives; no one can do everything alone. It’s all our duties as Americans that we all help each other to make America a great nation.

Obama Care is not perfect though it is for the best of the nation. Obama Care increases the tax rate slightly but it will also save America billions of dollars. Grace-Marie Turner tells how in 2014 citizens will be taxed a flat rate of $95 per year. This is true though by adding this tax, according to Amadeo, Obama Care will also save America billions of dollars. “The Act will lower the budget deficit by $143 billion over the next 10 years by raising some taxes and shifting more cost burdens.” This will help America to have less debt and will be able to use that money in other area that could better help our country. For example they will have more money to help the citizens and will have more to give Medicaid.

Then there are also other benefits to the health care reform. Amadeo expresses that Obama care will also allow parents to have their kids on their health insurance. This would also cut down on the number of people without health care because many people, when reaching the age to be able to take responsibility and care of themselves, they usually can’t afford health insurance. Then Amadeo also tells that income requirement for Medicaid will be expanded by 133%. Which means that for a family of four it will raise to roughly 29,000 yearly and will still be eligible for Medicaid. Then those who do not qualify for the expanded Medicaid, that make less than 88,000 yearly or 400% of poverty levels they will receive a tax credit. I believe this will in turn increase this size of the middle class, which is good for the economy because they are the biggest consumers. Then for those that still want their health care they can. If there company has grandfather them into the health care they do not have to change so it will not even affect them. Obama Care is a great implementation for America but some people disagree.

Obama Care is not perfect and haves some flaws, for example it increase the taxes on citizens. Still it is a starting point for America to build off of. Obama care is a way to help even the playing field for those born with less. It is providing them a better chance for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America haves a long way to go to reach the image that our forefathers had dreamed of though with Obama Care we will be just a little closer.

Work Cited
Roni Caryn Rabin, “Hospitalized Children Without Insurance Are More Likely to Die, a Study Finds” The New York Times. 30 October. 2009. Web, 9 August. 2012.
n.p. “Right” Merriam-Webster Web, 9 August. 2012.
Kimberly Amadeo, “What Is Obamacare?” About.com. n.p. Web, 9 August 2012.
Alexander Eichler, “Lack Of Health Insurance Killed More Than 26,000 In 2010: Report” Huffington Post. 20 June. 2012. Web, 9 August. 2012.
n.p. “The Charter of Freedom” Achieves.gov Web, 9 August. 2012.
n.p. “Equality” Merriam-Webster Web, 9 August 2012.
Grace-Marie Turner, “How Much Is The Obamacare Mandate Going To Cost You?” Forbes. 24 July. 2012 Web, 9 August. 2012.

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