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11/29/2013 7:02:00 PM
Healthcare should be available to all
by Jason Grant

Being a juvenile diabetic has its challenges. As a child, my greatest challenge was abstaining from sweets every time we had a celebration at my school. As an adult, the challenges are greater. They are financial.

I work a simple part-time job as an afterschool care provider in the area. I work such a job because I feel it is more important to do something that makes a difference in the lives of others rather than go after career advancement. It goes without saying that my employer does not provide healthcare coverage. I'm left with questions such as "How do I buy my insulin this month?" or "How do I afford to go visit my doctor?"

As of January 2014, I will not have to worry about those questions anymore due to the Affordable Care Act. The law is not perfect, and it hasn't addressed all of my concerns about healthcare in America. However, it has made it possible for folks with pre-existing conditions to be able to purchase health insurance. The health insurance available through the law is a little pricey, but it is a whole lot cheaper than spending $800 on insulin. Those on the right need to remember that their party did not offer a decent alternative to the law other than to simply repeal it.

I remember visiting my uncle while he was a missionary in Canada. I ran out of my insulin on that trip. I went to the local pharmacy and was able to purchase what I needed to survive for $14 per vial. Can anyone explain to me why the same product costs $100 in our country?

Rather than complaining about every problem with the law, we need to examine ourselves. We should have never allowed our healthcare system to be a part of the free market to begin with. Products and services that people need to survive should be made available to all rather than just to those who are financially well. This mindset is nothing more than blind Darwinism, the survival of the fittest (or richest).

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