Why We LOVE Obamacare

I don’t care what your voter registration says. I don’t care how you self-identify as far as politics goes. I don’t care if you’re  pro-choice or pro-life, home-schooling or public schooling, support gay marriage or oppose it, read The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times, follow Rush Limbaugh or Rachel Maddow. I truly don’t care.

But if you’re a parent living in the United States of America today you should be positively fired up about the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), because there’s concrete, incontrovertible evidence that it’s good for kids.

  • Preventive care (that’s all well-child checks and immunizations) must be covered in full with NO co-pay. The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute estimates this will guarantee basic care for more than 1 million additional children in the state of Texas alone.
  • Children can’t be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Insurers can no longer turn down kids with asthma or diabetes. And parents won’t be stuck in an undesirable job or prevented from moving to another state because they fear losing coverage for a sick child.
  • Insurers can no longer put lifetime limits on health benefits for children. This is especially important for children who face life-threatening conditions such as leukemia or cystic fibrosis. If you know a child with one of these high-stakes diseases you know how critical this is.
  • Obamacare provides well-baby and well-child visits from birth to age 21, newborn screening for genetic disorders, screening and vaccines for pregnant women, breastfeeding counseling and support, breast cancer screenings, domestic violence counseling, alcohol and drug use assessment for adolescents, autism screening at 18 and 24 months and behavioral assessments for children of all ages.
  • Finally, the new law (this provision has already taken effect) allows young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26. The previous limit was age 22, and then you were on your own. How many 22-year-olds do you know who can afford  health insurance? What would happen if your college grad got sick – really sick – and didn’t have it?

And those are just the provisions that apply directly to children – the ones that will keep them healthy and safe.

What’s not to love?

Share these facts with the mamas in your life who might not be aware of the details of the law. Our kiddos depend on it.

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Rachel Zahn, MD is a pediatrician turned health writer who had three kids during medical school and pediatric training—crazy, huh?


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