Valuing My Family

Two changes brought about by the health care reform bill will directly benefit my family. The option of keeping a child on the family health insurance plan until age 26 provides a security I did not have, because until now my family plan only covered an adult child who was a full-time student.

Student loan reform is long overdue and a great relief. It’s about time we brought some justice to college students, who are being overcharged for loans and lose their health insurance as soon as they graduate. What kind of country undermines young people ambitious and hard-working enough to sacrifice time and money to get an education?

The kids deserve a break, and now things are a little better. College graduates can start a business or work part-time without having to go uninsured. They can take a year out of school to work. This opens up an opportunity to earn tuition money and gain life experience without risking financial ruin or worse. And they won’t pay double interest to banks that serve no function in government guaranteed loans.

I hope Congress didn’t throw the Pell Grants overboard. What a place for the Republicans to draw the line!

I was born right in the middle of the baby boom. Boomers and youth are a big demographic. If reform works to benefit us it will be hard for the Party of No to scare us away from our own best interest.

Here’s a funny post from Crooks and Liars summarizing the last ten years in health.

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3 thoughts on “Valuing My Family

  1. While some criticism of the health care bill is truly hysterical (death panels, baby-killers, government takeover, socialism…) some critics do have a legitimate point that it can substantially raise overall costs, due to such as the above post about getting more coverage for 20-somethings.

    I think they should have coverage for quality medical care, as should those too poor for coverage, those with pre-existing conditions and everyone else. But the increasing costs that this implies are not sustainable. Thus, I think those of us whoe believe in universal coverage have an obligation to try to bring down these costs as the bill passed makes only a very small start in that direction.

  2. We have a long way to go in reforming our system. Even in the present system, we can save money and improve health by restraining the profit motive and rewarding institutions that benefit the public. Dr. Atul Gawande has a much-quoted article in the New Yorker about two Texas towns that are almost alike, except that one has better health care at lower cost. A link is here–

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande

  3. Yay for extending health care for adult children to age 26!!! It will help members of my extended family keep coverage as they graduate college and go out looking for jobs in a tough job market.

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