As an underemployed, recent college graduate, I am hopeful that soon I will be able to afford health insurance so I can get regular checkups and also have the security of health insurance in case something unexpected happens.
The Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) will help me to afford insurance as middle-class families will receive tax credits that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will average $5,490 a year by 2016.
I am also concerned about the impact our current health care system and health crisis has on our country’s economic vitality and how that will affect my future. A family member who works as an emergency room nurse refers to our health care system as a “sick care” system. She shares her frustrations that people often come in for costly emergency services that could have been prevented or addressed in much more affordable ways.
Obamacare is an attempt to shift health care toward a more preventive and cost-effective health care system. Increasing access to health care and the reform’s emphasis on prevention will likely be a boon to the economy and bring opportunities for my generation and me.