Obamacare was a good start, but we can do better.
Health care in the US honestly sucks right now. It can be hard not to feel hopeless when trying to find basic medical coverage and care. The whole system is confusing and it feels like almost every time you scroll through Twitter someone is trying to pay off their medical bills through a GoFundMe. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs lately with President Trump actively working to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA, which is better known as Obamacare, was enacted in 2010. It was very popular for things like its protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. It was the most substantial expansion of Medicare and Medicaid that had been seen in the US in a long time. And while Trump keeps promising a new and improved plan, there is currently nothing in the works from the administration that could successfully replace the ACA if it is struck down by the courts or the Congress.
The ACA is a good first step to the comprehensive health care we all want but we still have a lot of work left to do! Almost any person you ask will tell you that they care about receiving adequate medical care and yet that is not reflected in the laws we see passed in this country. If we want to make an impact on the decisions that get made, we must do it at the polls. We can see a huge gap in what the electorate want vs what gets done. We cannot stress the importance of voting enough because the more our communities show up to the polls, the more policy will reflect what we think is important.