This week the Supreme Court will decide on the legality of the Affordable Care Act. This is an important issue. I’m not sure how I feel about the current bill going through the court, but whatever the outcome, the decision will have huge effects on our economy, and on your own health care.
No matter your personal politics, there are a number of facts about this bill that you should know in order to make up your mind about how you feel:
The current insurance bill extends the amount of people covered by health insurance to 30 million. It’s hard to imagine that that many people don’t otherwise have insurance. While extending enrollment may be good, this does cost a lot of money!
18% of the economy goes towards health care costs. That’s an enormous amount of people, and a lot of these costs don’t even make their way to many Americans. 50 million of us are living with no insurance at all, and 26,000 people die because of this.
I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the Supreme Court case, but what’s interesting is that if it doesn’t go through, then insurance companies may not cover pre-existing conditions going forward. That means if you’re switching jobs and need to buy new health care, thits new insurance plan may not cover an illness you already have. A report actually just came out this week that said there are 26,000 uninsured Americans that die this year, so your risk of dying is much higher if uninsured.
I’m not sure how I’m going to vote myself, but I imagine if you’re home and don’t have insurance, that you probably want some sort of a mandate that will cover you. Whatever happens, this is going to affect every single one of us.