Healthcare Reform: Why Your Vote Counts

Healthcare Reform: Why Your Vote Counts

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Your vote is your voice. When we vote, we are actually telling elected officials and lawmakers how we feel about education, public safety, social security, health care, and other important issues. 

No doubt about it, the Affordable Care Act, (also called Obamacare), is one of the most influential and controversial laws up for debate in this presidential election. Should we build on the law, repeal it, or scrap it and start over? Voters have a lot to gain — or lose — when health care reform is on the table. 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was passed in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012 and 2015. Its goals: make health care more affordable, make sure as many Americans as possible are insured, and shut down generally terrible practices by insurance companies. 

Obamacare also instituted a huge new change to the health care system in this country: the individual mandate. This change aims to drive down the cost of health care for everyone by avoiding the expensive current situation, where taxpayers pay for uninsured people's care. 

Why should you care? Because you or someone you know probably got health insurance because of Obamacare. The percentage of young people without health insurance is now the lowest it's been since 1997. More than 4.5 million young adults (ages 18 to 34) have gained insurance under the ACA. 

Research has shown that the percentage of 18-25 year olds with mental health disorders who actually got mental health treatment has increased by 5 percentage points since Obamacare went into effect. 

Studies show that Millennials will totally influence the future of health care (medical apps, anyone?), and your vote will have an impact in the very near future. 

Remember: there is power in numbers, and when we vote and get our family members to vote, we can truly make a difference. If you don’t vote for what you believe in, others will – and you may not like the outcome. 

Lastly, voting is a way of honoring our history! As long as our country has existed, there have been people who didn’t want us to vote. There were several freedom fighters that stood up for the right to vote. Well, those times may seem ancient, but there are still people today who don’t want us to vote. It’s now our turn to stand up and vote to preserve the honor of those who went before us.

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