ALIX COOPER

I well remember childhood Sunday dinners when Grandma would declare, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” “Yeah, sure, Grandma,” I’d say, excusing myself to run outside with my neighborhood playmates.

Now older and wiser, I realize Grandma was right. What’s more, I realize that good health care, and good health care insurance, makes all the difference. For many it’s the difference between a comfortable life and a life of needless suffering or financial struggle; for some it’s the difference between life and death. Grandma was lucky. She had health problems aplenty, but she had excellent care and good insurance.

As we head into the November election, I, like many Americans, have health care on my mind.

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “ObamaCare”) was enacted in 2010, more than 20 million Americans have health coverage now than did before. But for how long? From the time he took office, Donald Trump has worked to dismantle the ACA — through statue, Executive Order and by nominating a Supreme Court Justice who is likely vote against the ACA when it’s challenged before the Court in November.

It’s mind boggling. All of these efforts to take away affordable health care are happening in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, one that has hit the United States disproportionately hard. This is a time when Americans need health care more than ever.

Thankfully, relief is at hand. Presidential candidate Joe Biden not only helped pass the ACA as Vice President, he has pledged to expand and improve the health care program so that all Americans have adequate health care coverage. Closer to home, quality affordable health care commands a position of high priority in the Democratic campaigns of Mark Warner (US Senate), Jennifer Wexton (US House of Representatives) and Irina Kanin (Virginia House of Delegates). Their Republican opponents don’t even mention health care on their campaign websites. Not a one.

My conclusion: if you care about your health and your health care, and that of your children, your neighbors and your grandmas, vote for Joe Biden for President, Mark Warner for U.S. Senator, Jennifer Wexton for U.S. Representative and Irina Kanin for Virginia Delegate this election.

Alix Cooper is a resident of Frederick County.

(23) comments

Bernie Mac

Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Schumer and the Democrats totally screwed up the health insurance business. Now it is a mess. Slackers earning $15,000 a year are getting health insurance for $150 a month. A workhorse earning $50,000 a year are paying $1000 a month. If you think that is fair, then you must be a Democrat.

Bryan.the.Nuri

It isn't fair. Hence the reason the ACA was needed in the first place. The watered-down, castrated version that was passed failed to accomplish what was needed, due to the lobbying efforts of the insurance industry, angry that their power was being threatened for the first time in over 30 years.

Or, you can just go back and let your healthcare be doled out as profitable.

jwbbud

Voting democrat is what killed affordable insurance 9 years ago. Self employed policy with 1500 deductible in 2011 cost me 550mo, 2 years ago my renewal was 2100mo with 7500 deductible per insured. Voting for democrats caused this so your argument is weak and lacks facts but promotes fear.

john brown

your comment lacks facts. your age and medical condition and your insurance carrier has more to do with the premium charged than politics but you keep believing your disjointed logic

Bernie Mac

Hey dummy, someone has to pay for the Democrats getting ObamaCare for $150 a month.

Spock Here

2 years ago Trump started dismantling ACA, and the insurance companies freaked, so in reality, voting for Trump caused your renewal issue.

john brown

don't tell him that. any truth about tRump immediately shuts down their hearing and seeing

Bernie Mac

Same experience here. Self employed. In 2015, my premiums were $330 a month. Now they are $1200. Thanks Democrats.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Maybe you should admit to having rage issues and a drinking problem, that may explain your high costs...

...oh, and a self-regulated, for-profit system looking to make money over provide services.

cuphaus

[thumbup]

Conservative

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" Barack Hussein Obama. Kenyan Muslim.

john brown

I and 90%+ of all Americans kept their doctor. Sorry your doctor use Obamacare as a loophole to drop you as a patient.

Spock Here

Entire family kept all our doctors.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Well, I guess the bigot still need to make bigoted statements.

Who are you, coward?

john brown

Vote Blue to restore decency and integrity in the white house. Haven't you all had enough of the racist golf playing pathological lying clown who calls himself tRump. He's an embarrassment to decent people.

shinyhappypeople

“Who knew healthcare could be so complicated?” This was Trumps retort when asked why, after 4 years of trying to defeat the ACA, he had still not produced his own plan. There is NO plan by the GOP for replacing healthcare, just a promise to throw millions off healthcare and deny pre existing conditions. During a pandemic.

Spock Here

My ears hurt today. I wonder why?

GreatScott

Democrats had their chance with the so-called "Affordable Care Act", which has been an unmitigated disaster. It has done nothing for affordability and has made the quality of health care worse. No thanks to more Democrat healthcare meddling. LEAVE MY HEALTH CARE ALONE!

john brown

That "disaster" has insured 20,000,000 Americans, got rid of the preexisting insurance company scam, allowed our children to stay on our insurance until they are 26, forced insurance companies to spend 80% of premiums on medical care not executives salaries ... but hey why should everyone have health care seems to be your position. That's sad.

Bernie Mac

30,000,000 lost their health insurance. Thanks Democrats.

Spock Here

So? Trump has a plan, so you don't need to worry

Conservative

So 20,000,000 got insurance through the "Affordable" Care Act, but another 30,000,000 lost it. Gotta love liberal math calling that a positive gain.

john brown

bernie like tRump lies and you are foolish or devious enough to believe those lies

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