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article imageOp-Ed: Passing Health Care a Step in the Right Direction

By Oscar Brooks     Mar 23, 2010 in Politics
It was inevitable that the health care bill would pass, albeit without a single Republican vote. Although this bill doesn't meet a lot of the expectations, it is a step in the right direction.
Something needed to be done with health care. For too many years it seemed that politicians didn't place a high priority on improving the health care situation in the United States. Far too long this issue just lingered with nothing done. We know during the Clinton administration the cause of health care was taken up and was shot down. Many tried to shoot it down this time. All sorts of inaccurate things were said about this particular bill that were untrue.
We still have a long way to go with this issue, but you have to start somewhere. Now is the time. Health insurance is totally unaffordable if you don't have an employer subsidizing some of it. I know what it's like to lose employer subsidized health care after being laid off. Pretty much all the health insurance companies won't cover pre-existing conditions and some of the monthly premiums are higher than rent payments. An unhealthy society affects everyone. It really affects a business if their employees are sick and have health problems.
Our medical profession, our government and our country needs to focus on keeping people well. That is a responsibility we all have. A healthy work force is a productive work force. A healthy society can do more productive things and have a better quality of life. If less people are sick, just maybe health insurance costs may come down. That would be a good thing. Meanwhile, let's give this new health care measure a chance and who knows, those that didn't like it may find something in it that might benefit them.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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