Why I DON'T Support Obamacare

Why I DON'T Support Obamacare

I support the idea, but not the way it was implemented.
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This is not another political article about whether or not I believe Obama was a good president. This also isn’t about my stance on whether or not Trump is a good president. With each president that comes through, regardless of what political party they represent, religion or race, every president has done things to both improve and regress the state of America. While most of those are strictly based on the opinions of individual Americans, I do have an opinion on one thing Obama did while in office – Obama Care.

First and foremost, I support having health care accessible to all. Whether it’s a poor family in Las Vegas, an elderly person living on a pension in Seattle or a homeless person in Nashville, I support the idea of everyone having access to quality health care. I’ve heard horror stories from friends who have been to Canada and for every horror story, I’ve heard great stories too. The idea that everyone has access to the same quality health care regardless of the money in their pocket is amazing. Again, the idea, I support.

In fact, I believe that Obama Care had the potential to benefit everyone in America if it had been implemented in the right ways. The first thing I completely disagree with is the fines that are associated with not having insurance. 2016 was a horrible year, financially, for my little family of four. Due to living on one income, our insurance was strictly through my husband’s work. Unfortunately, that job wasn’t able to provide enough stable work for my husband, so he left when he got a good job offer elsewhere. Taking the job with better hours and better pay was to better our lives financially and give us the stability we need in order to raise our family. However, with my husband trying to better our lives, we are now being penalized?

Like most jobs, there is a 90 day waiting period for our insurance to kick in. Guess who got a letter in the mail from the IRS saying that because we went a month without insurance, we could potentially owe a set amount. We haven’t sat down and done our taxes yet, so who knows that actual number, if it is true, is. I’ve been told from one source that you have to not have insurance for six months or greater in order to be penalized. I’ve also been told from another source that one month is sufficient to be penalized. I gave up thinking about it after I Googled the topic and found that some family was penalized $1400 on year for opting out. Tell me why I should be penalized, or anyone for that matter, for opting out of insurance?

Let’s pretend for one second that my husband had kept his previous job. We had mediocre insurance that covered 70% of our expenses and we only had to pay 30% out of pocket after we hit our deductible. I don’t remember exactly what the whole set up was, but it was mediocre insurance to say the least. I definitely did not like the insurance when it came to medications. One time we had to pay nearly $200 out of pocket for an antibiotic, steroid pills and albuterol when our youngest had pneumonia. And that was just the start of medical bills to come pouring in.

Later on we got a bill in the mail for the nebulizer because insurance didn’t cover it. We also got a bill for x-rays. So with the co-pay to see the doctor ($35), the x-rays ($75), medications ($200) and the nebulizer ($175), we were at nearly $500 in medical charges for one child at one given time. That particular month, our youngest was also diagnosed with RSV, Hands, Foot and Mouth, and a Staph infection. And our oldest ended up having to get x-rays and was diagnosed with pneumonia as well. With each doctor visit being $35, an x-ray for our oldest at $75, an additional x-ray at $75 that found the pneumonia was back in our youngest, and whatever the cost was for all the medicines and whatever else came with it, you can see how this was all adding up that month.

The worst part of all of it is that we were paying over $800 a month to have this insurance that had a nearly impossible deductible to reach, but wasn’t covering enough for us to financially be okay. Right before my husband left his job, he received a letter from our insurance stating that because of the government mandated health reforms, their premiums would be going up. Our insurance was doubling in the monthly price without changing a single thing on the coverage. So we were going to be paying nearly $1600 a month for insurance that was not covering the basic necessities like antibiotics. How could anyone afford anything like that?

Had my husband kept that job, we would probably have to choose between groceries or electricity just to stay afloat financially. No one should have to be in that situation. I still support the idea of having health insurance available to all, but not at the expense of other families suffering. Not at the expense of me having to choose whether to feed my children or I give them heat to stay warm. Had the health care reform been set up to benefit everyone who wanted to participate without penalizing the ones who opted out and been affordable to all people, regardless of their class, then it would have been my favorite thing to come from the last eight years.

I know that there were people who greatly benefited from Obama Care. I also know families like mine that literally struggled to stay afloat due to health insurance premiums. I do know there are families that rarely go to the doctor in uproars for being forced pay a penalty for opting out of it. I do hope that this has set an example for the right people and they can see where Obama Care went wrong. I hope and pray that maybe Obama Care paved the way for one day having health insurance available to all. I mean, we are the land of the free, shouldn’t our health care be free too?

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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The Gillette Controversy: Should Companies Share Their Views?

"We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" by Gillette is about creating a conversation, whether you agree with the commercial or not.

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We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film) www.youtube.com

January 13, 2019, Gillette released a commercial that takes a new focus on their tagline "The Best a Man Can Get." The commercial weighs in on the Me Too movement and showcases different moments of toxic masculinity.

These moments include boys bullying another boy through cyberbullying, two young boys beating each other up while fathers are watching them saying that "boys will be boys", a set of a 1950s sitcom where a man grabs his maids butt to which the audience is encouraged to applause and laugh at his act, and a businessman laughing at his female colleague's statement and then says to the other male colleagues, "What I actually think she means…"

A voiceover in the ad says, "Is this the best a man can get? Is it? We can't hide from it, it's been going on far too long. We can't laugh it off, making the same old excuses. But something finally changed [implying the Me Too movement and people speaking up], and there will be no going back..."

The commercial then shifts to showing a man stepping in when another man tells a woman to smile, when a man stops another man from following a woman down the street, and video clips of men stopping fights and having two boys shake hands, as well as a father encouraging his daughter to say she is strong. There is also a moment when a father from the "boys will be boys" scene tells those kids fighting, "This is not how we treat each other."

The voiceover continues with "...Because we…We believe in the best in men. To say the right thing. To act the right way. Some already are, in ways big and small. But 'some' is not enough. Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow."

This commercial sparked controversy with people saying that not all men show toxic masculinity, many people saying that this commercial is anti-male, and people saying they will now boycott Gillette and their partner company. Whereas others are praising the commercial with many saying that, if you're offended by this commercial, then that is why it was made.

But regardless of what you think of the commercial as a whole, the big topic of discussion is whether or not it is okay if companies should be political and put their two cents in through marketing.

I say yes.

I believe it is very okay for companies to express their thoughts and concerns about political and social issues through marketing. When the Me Too movement first came into the light, many people wanted Hollywood to stay out of politics/social issues. The public did not want to hear about the sexual harassment allegations throughout Hollywood, however, because of these celebrities bringing light to this issue more and more people, celebrity or not, are coming forward and speaking their truths.

More and more people are realizing the signs of harassment and speaking up before it can get worse. Society is more aware of these social issues because people with a platform are talking about it. Unfortunately, many people still do not want to listen to people with platforms, but having the conversation is important, so how else can we keep the conversation going?

That is where commercial and other forms of advertisements can come in. The commercial did exactly what it intended to do: to create a conversation. Talk shows like "The View" or "The Talk" are talking about, news outlets are talking about it, people on YouTube are talking about it, and here I am writing an Odyssey article related to the topic.

The commercial created conversation. It got people thinking about and discussing their concerns, their feelings about the idea of toxic masculinity, as well as how this commercial could or could not be the new wave of change. It is important to have conversations, as it is the only way for things to change and for people to see that how things used to be are not the way they should be now.

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