As you have probably heard through 5,000 social media and news outlet channels by now, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care law, ensuring that pretty much everyone will have to buy health insurance.
I’m excited about some lesser provisions of the law, however, and am breathing an incredible sigh of relief that they will be allowed to stand, thanks to the ruling.
For starters, people won’t be denied health insurance for pre-exisiting conditions. As the person in charge of health care paperwork in our family, I want to yawp across the rooftops for this alone — as I know beyond a doubt that our health insurance company would screw us six ways to Sunday if this ever came up. Thankfully, it hasn’t — knock, knock, hope, hope — but I like having this extra little insurance policy that ensures ongoing coverage for my family should something horrible happen.
Then there’s the idea that kids can stay on their parents’ insurance rolls until the age of 26. Now, hopefully my daughter will grow up and have a nice job that affords great insurance, but hey, life happens and who knows. I am grateful she will have access to my coverage for years and years to come.
It’s surely going to be a wild week as everyone from your grandma to your twitterfriends debates the law and the ruling and shakes their fists about moving to Canada … home of universal health care … but I for one say it’s a good thing for civilized society to look out for those who need a little help.
Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out!
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