On Tuesday, Missourians gathered together in voting booths across the state to vote on amending the requirement that everyone have health insurance, otherwise known as Proposition C.
What we all thought was going to be a European way of health benefits is yet to exist. The country seems to be split on the issue, but with my situation, I’m not.
You see, I am in a very rare place, one that the government usually overlooks. I am college student, unmarried, and have a four year old son with my fiancé. My fiancé is fortunate enough to have well paying job that offers affordable health insurance for him and our son. However, I am not.
I am unable to be on an insurance plan with my fiancé because we’re not yet married and don’t intend to be until I’m finished with school in about a year and a half. I work at a place that pays barely above minimum wage with health insurance that is not very affordable for me. I can expect to pay over $100 per month for basic health coverage for myself only.
With a child to support and bills to pay, $100 a month is a lot. It’s hard enough working full-time and going to school full-time without having to worry about this big of a chunk being taken out of my check.
I do not go to the doctor very often, not enough to make insurance worth it. I go two to three times a year when I’m sick and then pay the full amount for my prescriptions. I pay $80 a visit to see my family doctor and the prescriptions usually are about $30 to $50. It seems like a lot at the time, but it’s a lot cheaper in the long run.
I understand that this health care reform was designed to fix the corrupted health care system and make health insurance available to all. This reform will help people who aren’t offered health insurance through their employer and will also help those who are being cheated through unethical practices from their current health care providers. The only thing I don’t understand is when did reforming the health care system turn into mandating that everyone be required to be a part of a work-in-progress?
I am grateful that President Obama has taken the initiative to do something about our health care system that is badly in need of reform, but to take away our right to choose based on our current situations is demeaning.
We thought we were going to start being a part of some sort of European health care system where everyone’s entitled to affordable health care. I understand this can’t really exist. A corporation like this can’t just be ripped of its pedestal. Not only would jobs be lost, but many other problems would arise which is why reforming it is more practical than taking it away. That is understandable. Taking away our right to choose is not.
On Tuesday, myself and several other Missourians fought back. The majority of us chose to vote “yes” on amending the current requirement that everyone purchase health insurance. I do think that employers choosing to not offer health insurance to their employees should be penalized. I feel that we should have the option to have health insurance if we choose and it’s more financially adequate for us to not purchase it, we should be able to. The health care system is still in dire need of change, but forcing us to feed into it isn’t going to help anything. With this amendment, we hope things like this can be considered and that our right to choose will still be ours to keep.
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