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Editorial: Health Care Reform

Is it good or bad?

By Xavierite Staff
On April 7, 2010

On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed a historic health care reform bill into law. Many people were overjoyed at the news of bill's passing. Just as many were enraged.

It took a long time for this bill to get passed. It faced heavy opposition from members on both sides of the aisle. However, it seems that some republicans only opposed it because it was a democrat-sponsored bill. They did not consider any of the benefits that would stem from it and instead uniformly opposed it with arguments that we were becoming socialists or communists.

Contrary to their beliefs, there are many good things that will come from this bill. One of the first measures that will take effect is that children can stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26 years of age, instead of 18. This will be a welcome relief to many college students and recent graduates looking for work in this economic downturn we are still experiencing.

Another benefit from the bill is that insurance companies will no longer be able to reject applicants because of pre-existing conditions. These are the people who need health care the most. For the most part, they cannot control the fact that they are sick. They shouldn't be given a shortened life span because they cannot afford treatments.

So many people in this country cannot afford to take care of their health. Some people don't get a sprain looked at or a tooth fixed because they do not have insurance. They don't have insurance because they do not have enough money to pay for it. It's an atrocity that citizens of one of the most industrialized nations in the world cannot even go to the dentist because it is too expensive.

Furthermore, the United States is the only country out of its peers that does not have health care provided or guaranteed. Health is so important; it's ridiculous that we don't take more measures to protect it.

Every citizen, no matter which party, is encouraged to educate themselves on the current health care system and the new reforms. It is imperative to formulate an informed opinion before denouncing or extolling a new idea.

Is this bill perfect? No. Will it get rid of every abuse in the health care system? No. Will it fix every problem? No. Will it help millions of Americans and give us a step in the right direction? Yes.

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