This was originally posted on The Chicago Moms
The Affordable Care Act exchanges are open now. Whenever I read the comments on social media or news sites related to the Affordable Care Act, I’m stunned at the number of people in perfect health. These people are certain they will never need to find insurance under the Affordable Care Act because they already have insurance. They are certain that those people without insurance are deadbeats who want the government to take care of them. For those of you who are certain that you will always have your existing company or union sponsored healthcare plan:
I hope you never develop a pre-existing condition that makes you uninsurable for the rest of your life, which is exactly what happened to a college friend who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 25 years old. She had to quit her job with a small architecture firm and take a job with a large company just to have her pre-existing condition covered.
I hope that when you find yourself diagnosed with diabetes and without health insurance your Daddy will use a back door maneuver to get you a lifetime seat in the US House of Representatives so you will always have health insurance, just as my U.S. Representative’s father did.
I hope your insurance policy always provides access to screening procedures that could save your life, such as mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies.
I hope that you never find yourself starting a new business at 50 years of age as my Father did because his union job no longer existed. He quickly found out that health insurance was (and still is) unaffordable for most small business people.
I hope that when your children grow up and get a job they immediately have top-of-the-line health insurance so they don’t need to stay on your policy for a few more years.
Mostly I hope that your perfect health continues until you die peacefully in your sleep. This way you will never know whether or not you might ever have needed the health insurance now available under the Affordable Care Act.