So apparently the government is about to shut down! That’s pretty scary. I, of course, have had more important things to pay attention to this past weekend (i.e. Breaking Bad), so I’ve mainly been tuned out of whatever temper tantrum the Republicans are having right now, although I assume it has something to do with the Affordable Care Act (cursory reading tells me I’m correct).
Well, I think the House Republicans are really onto something here. We, as skeptics, should really be skeptical of Obamacare! Like this lady, for instance. Quote Stacie Smeal: “In general, I don’t need health care. I exercise and eat healthy, so I’m generally a healthy person.”
Wow! What a great outlook! The 27 year old fitness entrepreneur said the Affordable Care Act “disgusts” her. You know, the same thing that gives women free preventative medicine, and that allows young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they’re 26, and that prevents insurance companies from discriminating against people for preexisting conditions, and that dictates that insurance companies must spend 85% of premiums on health care…you know, that thing. It disgusts her.
And why wouldn’t it? She eats all organic food, which makes her emit a forcefield that prevents her from ever falling down the stairs or being assaulted. And since she does yoga, that means she will never get pregnant or have any concerns related to aging. In fact, doing the warrior pose in yoga makes all of the cancer cells that have accumulated in her body fall out of her vagina! In other words, Woman Becomes Invulnerable To All Injuries and Illnesses With This One Weird Trick (A+ job to my friends on twitter for responding hilariously to this article).
Of course, I’m not saying that exercising and eating well aren’t good for your health. Of course they are (when possible). But they’re also not a cure-all or a replacement for…you know, actual medicine. Smeal said, “Unless I get into a life-critical accident, I don’t need health insurance.” I agree. There should be something you can buy in case you do get into a life-critical accident that would help you pay for the exorbitant bills that would accumulate from being in such an accident. That’d be pretty useful, wouldn’t it?
It’s almost like insurance serves an actual purpose and that no one really plans on getting sick or injured, but unfortunately those things happen all the time. I’m actually pretty skeptical of the article’s claim that “Millennials threaten success of [health care] reform,” considering they only cite three people who have objections to the plan, but I haven’t seen any data that specifically refute or support that claim.
Anyway, tomorrow is the first day that you can enroll in the health plans available from the Health Insurance Marketplace. ThinkProgress has a good article for you to check out if you still have questions on it. If you’re not sure how the Affordable Care Act will affect you, or you want to see what plans you’re eligible for, check out healthcare.gov. If you’re more concerned with how adorable animals will affect you, then check out the Adorable Care Act.