You might have heard of the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the End of Civilization as We Know It. Starting in 2014, everyone needs to be enrolled in some type of health insurance plan. Or else . . . .
Unfortunately, Congress has decided to step in. Instead of working together to reach a compromise to benefit nearly every person in the country, Republicans have basically told the nation “#@&* You!” and voted to SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT in order to defund Obamacare. Isn’t that like burning down the house to get rid of a spider? (Something I would TOTALLY do.)
Health reform isn’t going to be easy, clear or quick. But I believe it will eventually bring health benefits to millions of people without access to insurance (like myself). Here are some things to know about the program:
- It still won’t be cheap. If you’re looking for a $99 GEICO Health Insurance Plan, it’s not gonna happen. If you sign up for something cheap, you might want to read the fine print. (“This plan only covers non-emergency, non-health related issues and excludes prescriptions, exams, x-rays, diagnostic tests, etc.” Basically, you get a free hospital gown with enrollment.)
- You think waiting times are long now? We’ve all arrived at the doc’s early, only to wait for three hours while he delivers a child, removes an appendix, flies to Tokyo for lunch and takes a quick nap. Now, there will be MORE people with insurance, and more people stealing that 2005 People magazine in the waiting room.
- You’ll see more alternative treatments. Instead of back surgery, how about physical therapy? Instead of a crapload of painkillers, how about meditation? Of course, there will always be snake oil salesmen trying to push the latest fake potion to cure what ails you. (Bought prescription drugs from Mexico lately? Cindy Crawford skin cream?)
- Not much will change. Prescriptions will still be expensive, surgeons will still make boatloads of money, people will still struggle to make insurance payments, and the health care industry will continue to rake in cash.
- Congress will continue to be a dysfunctional mess. And there aren’t enough mental health experts in the world to fix that condition.