I say “potentially” very carefully, because none of us know the full breadth of this sweeping new health mandate until it fully rolls out and all of the effects are fully known by people of all walks of life and situations.
I’m talking about the potential benefits of the new healthcare mandate that has been approved by the senate and is Obama’s biggest accomplishment thus far as President. The reason I’m against it is because it definitely does not support an alternative and natural health lifestyle since it only supports traditional western medicine. Not cool!
Whether this new law is a stain on his legacy, or the golden child of his presidency remains to be seen. There are a lot of skeptics out there and critics of the new law that saw it will only be a further pull on the economy and unemployment numbers and will ultimately bankrupt the government even more (if that’s even possible).
Many also criticize the new law for enforcing something that seems unconstitutional on the people of America who are not as fortunate and may not be able to afford healthcare, or even paying the premium they must pay in order to avoid the penalties for noncompliance under the new law.
Is there a silver lining?
There may be a silver lining in all the confusion and controversy over this new health care mandate though. One of them, which I actually just heard on the radio this morning, is no-cost contraception. I personally think this is a great idea.
After all, what better way to avoid unnecessary medical costs and preventing population explosion than providing women and men with proper birth control at no cost? While my insurance company supplied birth control is minimal in cost, I sure would appreciate not having to pay anything at all for my contraception.
Having a baby is a beautiful thing, but unwanted pregnancies are a burden on families financially and possibly even emotionally. Of course the religious right will likely take a huge issue with this since many staunch religions still believe that preventing pregnancy is against God’s will, but in the end, this is a practical need that has to be filled in order to prevent even higher health care costs.
Health care law may also reduce health care costs
The way it is set up now is that health providers will be required to provide at least 80% of their income on health care costs. This means they can spend less on other expenditures such as overhead and operating expenses so they must spend most of it on the actual healthcare costs they are providing.
They will be required to give rebates to either employers who provide employees with healthcare any overage or give it directly to their customers at the end of the year. This is quite an incentive for them to spend their money only on what they are supposed to which is healthcare, which should keep the costs down.
Hopefully this part of the law really works as intended. I can tell you that my healthcare premiums have gone way up over the past five years, and it would be nice to get some relief in this area and be able to spend this money in much needed other areas of our lives.