Currently, America is in what some would consider a rough patch, and what historians will consider a depression. With more and more layoffs being handed out every day, it is becoming a problem for a good chunk of American citizens just to put food on the table. Without a job, these people cannot afford to spend a penny on anything that isn’t a necessity, which sometimes puts healthcare a bit out of reach. While some may view the Affordable Care Act as a step towards socialism, providing healthcare for all citizens would benefit America by improving our international appeal, bettering healthcare for citizens already insured, and restoring hope to those that have been calling for healthcare reform.
On a map indicating which countries do and do not administer some form of universal health care plan, America stands alone as one of the only developed countries to not have implemented such a plan yet. Even our neighbor, Canada, has beaten the richest nation in the world to providing healthcare to all of its citizens. Currently insured peoples will see the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in a variety of ways as well as those uninsured. Those already insured may, for example, see a dramatic decrease in the price of the copayment of a prescription. That is because the ACA makes insurance companies mandatorily cover some new medications. Many people are already seeing the effects of “Obamacare,” and have spoken out about how the system has improved their lives by making necessary treatment obtainable by means of aid from the government. It is the little things like this that will one day bring the United States of America back to its former glory as not a terrible place to live.