Why Obamacare Matters to Me

I mentioned a few weeks ago (What Matters to you During this Election?) that I would be blogging about issues related to the upcoming election for Parents.com. My first post is up, and it is a response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. I represent the “moderate” political voice. Last week, parents.com posted a “liberal” response, Obamacare: We Should Rejoice by Sharon Lerner, in which she wrote:

Although the Affordable Care Act left these unnecessary middlemen in place, kept employment as a route to insurance, and will leave millions uninsured, I still embrace it. Now we can let our adult children stay on our policies until they’re 26! In 2014, we will be able to get insurance even if we were pregnant or had breast cancer! It will be illegal to deny us coverage just because we had a C-Section! Finally we’re inching toward the rest of the developed world by providing health coverage to more Americans. And I desperately want that.

and a “conservative” response by Suzanne Venker, ObamaCare: A Tax by any Other Name is still a Tax, in which she writes:

Of course the idea of universal health care sounds good. (So does the idea of everyone being equally rich.) But where will the money come from? And what’s the fallout? The question is not, as Democrats claim, that Republicans don’t care about the poor or have a love affair with the rich. It’s that Republicans’ ideas and plans for how to make something work differ dramatically from the ideas and plans of those on the other side.

My response, Why the Safely Insured Should Care About Universal Health Care, begins:

When our son William was 13-months old, he fell and split his ear open. It happened just before dinner, so my husband continued with the evening routine for our daughter Penny while I took William to the Emergency Room. The local pediatric ER serves most of Trenton, NJ, and when we arrived it was moderately full. All of the other children in the room were African-American. One had pink eye. Another vomited on the floor. None of them seemed to face what I would have deemed an “emergency.” No broken bones, no cases of severe dehydration (which had brought us to the same ER a few months earlier with Penny), no gaping wounds other than William’s. I suspected that theirs was simply the emergency of living without health insurance.

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About Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks about family, faith, disability, and culture. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious (Patheos Press).


  1. marvin wadlow jr says:

    I think calling it Obamacare is insulting and disrespectful in many ways. Call it what it is, as described in this piece. An affordable health care for all who can’t afford it! I also think its interesting to argue over language that congress and the senate would not debate on either side of the isle and to now complain when the highest court in the land has ruled in a couple (congress/senate) can not agree on divorce terms and so someone has to step in and mandate the ruling. Why should it have ever gotten to this point? But that is the way our country choses to operate now. Not to do their job (congress/senate) but to wait until the Supreme court ruling. I contend you might has well have went to Vegas and bet the decision on the spin of a roulette wheel, it was the same thing. Someone is going to win and someone is going to loose.

  2. Should more people have better health insurance? Of course. All sides agree on this point. However, the ACA is bad most of all because it levies a surcharge on insurance premiums specifically to pay for abortions. Also, it attempts to give power to unelected officials (HHS Secretary) to do pretty much whatever they want. Of course the case now in the courts is the infamous ‘HHS mandate’ which forces providers of insurance (ie employers) to cover contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. For many religious institutions (hospitals, colleges) and small businesses this amounts to a government order to violate their religious convictions. It doesn’t get more un-American than that.

  3. Mike Bird says: