I have listened with distress these last few days as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the Affordable Care Act. I don’t mind so much if the individual mandate is dropped but the provisions that do worry me are those that protect patients with pre-existing conditions and those that allow young people to stay on their parents’ plan into their 20s.
My wife and I are 21. She works two jobs, I work one and I am a full-time student. We live on our own and pay our own bills, but we can’t afford insurance. Luckily our parents can. If the court decides that the entirety of the law must be thrown out, we will join the millions of uninsured at least for a few years.
Of course, we are young and healthy and barring an act of God we will be fine. On the other hand, my youngest brother was born with a heart condition that demands constant medical attention. If this law is killed, there is nothing stopping the insurance companies from dropping his coverage.
So I find it quite callous how so many people praise the imminent demise of this law with gleeful abandon, when it could mean the loss of health care for so many people. I don’t ask them to change their views. I just wish they would show some understanding for their fellow Americans and approach this serious issue with a more somber attitude that respects the enormity of the problem.