Living in College Station, one doesn’t get the most well rounded representation of public opinion. Shocking, I know. The most recent uproar to reach my little town is over the new healthcare legislation, which was signed into law on Tuesday, yet somehow is still in debate in the senate (I follow politics but somehow still don’t really understand how reconciliation works, and how you can sign a bill into law that hasn’t really passed both chambers. I think its two different bills that are going to end up looking similar…I don’t know). People are upset. Like really upset. Like people make sarcastic jokes about it all the time upset. Like people are loosing sleep and having anxiety about the future of our country kind of upset.
Now, whether or not any of the angst is warranted, I am not here to argue. I find it hard to get upset about anything the government does. I have grown up in the apathetic generation that expects government to spend money and screw us over. This is just another in a long line of crazy money spending bills that both parties have passed my whole life. And, I don’t really plan on making a lot of money anyway, so I am not that worried about the government taking it away from me. Maybe thats young idealism, or young apathy, but it is what is.
What I do want to talk about is how excited I am about the new healthcare bill for one reason and on reason only. I graduated from college in December. Since January, I have been without health insurance. My parent’s provider only allows me to be covered while a full time student. My current employment does not really afford me the luxury of buying my own healthcare (I make minimum wage at a coffee shop), so I have been risking it these last few months. Now I am young, strong, and healthy, but I also wear glasses (eye doctor and glasses is way out of my price range right now), haven’t been to the dentist in a while (sick, I know), and recently took up the high risk activity of rock climbing. So I have felt a little anxious about getting injured. I can’t really afford to be injured, or sick for that matter (thanks to the Neti Pot, my yearly sinus infection was short lived and mild).
But now, since an immediate affect of the healthcare overhaul is that “children” can stay on their parents healthcare until they are 26 (this isn’t adding to delayed adolescence at all…), I get to be insured again. YAY! Now I am sure this does little to quell those anxious hearts out there who are very distraught over deficits and taxes and the future of America, but for me, this makes everything wondersauce (a word some friends invented over spring break. definition: flippin’ awesome). Now go out there and find the wondersauce for you in the new legislation, take a deep breath, and remember everything is going to be fine. Well maybe not, but the sun will still come out tomorrow.