Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I am Relieved

At the risk of infuriating many of my not so liberal friends and clients, I have to be honest and say that I am very relieved. The Affordable Care Act has passed the scrutiny of the US Supreme Court and I am hopeful that it will be a start to set our country on the right course for our citizens' ability to attain health care and maintain their own good health.

It has seemed to me a travesty that in the wealthiest country in the world, we are all not privileged to accessible health care. I know the arguments all around and I am not suggesting that this Act is perfect. Nor am I even suggesting that health care is a right. It is a responsibility. When provided with the means to better our care, it our responsibility to take advantage of all we know about achieving and maintaining our own health.

This act allows us the opportunity for check-ups and routine preventative surveillance of our health. We must  make appropriate choices concerning our lifestyles. We must utilize all the knowledge at our disposal for doing our part to get healthy and stay healthy. We must do it for ourselves and for our families.

It is especially gratifying for me to know that this Act furthers the rights of women. But it also furthers the responsibility. It is especially gratifying for me to know that children will have access to health care, whether they have a pre-existing condition or not. That mammograms and other preventative measures are there to use for the betterment of our citizens' health and well-being.

I am not a politician and I certainly have no grand ideas about how this is going to be played- out and paid for. That's not job. My job is to offer all that I know to my clients so that they can make the choices that are most appropriate for them and their families. I have practiced that for almost forty years and now I believe that all of us should have fewer excuses for not taking care of ourselves and our loved ones.