Last week was my 23rd birthday. To celebrate, I ate some delicious Ethiopian food, school some friends at cribbage, and perfected my slam dunk technique. I only get one Michael Jordan year, after all, and I want to make it count.
I also stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a generic prescription for migraines.
And I felt lucky. I have phenomenal health insurance coverage… through my parents. When I graduated from college, I didn’t have to worry about not being covered. I didn’t have to stock up on medication, I didn’t have to wrap myself in bubble wrap, and I could still see the dentist without emptying my savings account. (Still meaning to make that dentist appointment…)
All of this is thanks to President Obama’s health care law. Under a different president, I would have lost coverage under my parents’ health insurance plan when I turned 21. Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services released that 2.5 million young Americans now have coverage under this law – otherwise we would have been uninsured.
Everyone deserves to know that they can see a health professional when they need to and not be pressured to make tough financial choices for the sake of their well-being. Obama’s new law brings us one important step closer to closing the insurance gap. Now, let’s get to work for the almost 50 million other uninsured Americans.
MPIRG Campus Organizer