Later today the Supreme Court of the United States of America will decide what to do with “Obamacare.” This is arguably one of the greatest moments in American History. Although one of the richest countries in the world, the United States ranks last among all developed nations with regards to the quality of healthcare. While publicly debated in the media, this topic of health care reform undoubtedly pervades into the homes of so many Americans who already suffer from obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease, among others. While some of these individuals do have adequate health insurance. Millions more have inadequate or non-existent health insurance. While the majority of those opposed to the Obama’s plan for universal health care cite the universal mandate as unconstitutional, supporters can vehemently counter with the proposition that universal healthcare is a human right. And, if we deny universal health care, are we not denying the universal rights of some American citizens?
We cannot accurately determine what the passing of the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have, but one certainty is that America, along with the needs of economic and immigration reform, requires health reform to be at the foci of American interest. For those who know me, health is extremely important to me, and I really hope it is for you. For the first time in American history millennials are projected to live shorter lives than their parents. Furthermore, the baby boomers are getting older and are estimated to make up a large percentage of the population by 2030. Their health needs must to be addressed. Furthermore, health should be tantamount because if we can make a prominent shift toward disease prevention and health promotion, the long term results of health outcomes in this country will improve. This fight for health care is not only about the past or present generations, it is about the future of this nation as well. I do not know what will happen later today, but I do know that I am in this fight to improve the health care system in this country. Are you?