By: Ornella Kaze
This Thanksgiving I had a lot to be thankful for. As usual, I was thankful for my family and friends but this year I was thankful for something new, something different. Two major things occurred these past two months that made me so grateful for this particular thing; I turned 22 and the2012 presidential elections. Any idea what it is yet? That’s right, you got it! I was thankful for Obamacare.
They say you never miss a good thing until it is gone. The day I turned 22, I experienced the feeling when I received a letter notifying me that I was no longer on my father’s dental and vision insurance plan. A heap of emotions ran through my brain, I was upset, confused, but most of all, I regretted not taking advantage of the opportunity to use the insurance when I had it. I should’ve taken my yearly eye exam the week before; I should’ve gotten my teeth whitened one last time.
Luckily by the time this happened I was employed full-time and my benefits package would kick-in in the next month but it would be nothing compared to the coverage that my parents had accumulated over the years. This got me thinking, what if I was still in school, didn’t have a full-time job, or god-forbid needed a costly operation done? As the elections neared I dreaded the thought that should things take a different path, I would lose medical insurance as well. Thankfully this was not the case. The presidential election was won and Obamacare remained.
Although I am only speaking for those in their early twenties who like me have just gotten out of college and may be facing this issue for the first time in their lives, there are millions around the nation who are dependent on this plan. So this year I was so very thankful, I was thankful that I would have affordable quality health care for another four years.