By Kathleen Ramirez |Staff Writer|
It is no secret that Obamacare has caused quite the commotion since being put into action back in 2010.
Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act that the government put into place that expands and enhances access to receive medical care, according to obamacarefacts.com.
I, myself, have Obamacare and am thankful that I do not have to worry about not having healthcare coverage if I get sick or injured.
Many Americans are becoming worried about what they will do for healthcare once President Obama is no longer in office.
“I don’t like the fact that we have to sign up for healthcare or else we get penalized for it, but I do think it is good that people who have serious illnesses and can’t afford treatment cannot be turned away,” said student Angela Gomez.
With the election right around the corner the question on everyone’s mind is will Obamacare move forward or will the next president in office implement a new system?
Not only am I a full time student, but I also work.
So to me it is important for those who are not yet able to afford healthcare to have coverage, because once I graduate I, too, will become a part of the workforce and will also pay for coverage just like everyone else.
Even if there were to be a new system put into place, it would not be perfect — it is impossible to please everyone, and there will always be something that is not up to certain people’s standards.
I believe the main issue Americans are concerned about are those who are taking advantage of the system while the working class are paying higher premiums.
“I think that Obamacare should be continued and expanded on, and along the way we can work out the bugs,” said Professor Sullivan.
I agree with Sullivan. Obamacare is a good start and on the right track, but there is always room for improvement.
There are some serious kinks that need to be fixed, like being penalized for not being covered, high premium costs, and taxes rising do to the Affordable Care Act, but good things take time.
“People are worried about those in the poverty bracket getting free coverage, but no matter what system there is someone will always have to pay,” said student Angel Valencia.
“I am fine with paying and believe Obamacare should continue but with some revisions,” added Valencia.
Eighty percent of insurance premiums now have to be used for medical care and improvements by insurance companies, according to www.healthline.com.
This means that even though medical coverage is not free for everyone, people have more options to choose from, some of which are more affordable than others depending on your annual income.
I do understand where some Americans are coming from when they complain about the high premiums and raised taxes, but in the long run it is better for everyone.