I’ll admit that there is some joy to be had in beating the Republicans. I have hated their overblown rhetoric, scare tactics and out and out lies about Health Care Reform. After spending most of a lovely Sunday afternoon and evening watching the debate on CSPAN and listening to them arrogantly purport to speak for all Americans, I couldn’t be happier to see them go down in defeat. But, that is not the biggest reason why I’m so happy the Health Care Reform bill passed.
Like probably millions in this country, I have a pre-existing condition: asthma. I knew that if I were to ever leave the safety of an employer-paid health plan, I would end up being uninsured until I hit 65 when I become eligible for Medicare. And the very idea of having to work full-time until I was 65 just so I could have insurance was very depressing. I’m eligible for retirement in about six or seven years. I will have locked in my pension as well as socked away a good amount in my various retirement savings plans. And having that retirement goal in mind, I’ve also worked hard so that I will have absolutely no personal debt by the end of this year.
It’s not that I plan to completely not work after I retire, but I want to have more leeway to find part-time work or work that doesn’t pay all that well in terms of dollars, but feels more meaningful than the one I have now. Listen, I do like my job, and I think the company I work for is great. But, if I had my druthers, I’d probably rather being working for some place that feels like it really is making the world a better place. And unfortunately, those jobs don’t really pay.
So, now, thanks to this Health Care Reform bill, I will be able to purchase individual insurance, despite my pre-existing condition. I don’t have to work full-time until I’m 65 just to ensure I have insurance. And to me, this feels like a whole lotta freedom and hope for my future. Thank you, President Obama. Thank you, Democrats.