Today is a good day, though many would not have you believe it. It is historic. It is wonderful. This morning, I was glued to my Twitter feed waiting to see the SCOTUS decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I was unsure what the outcome would be, and as we currently have the most conservative court in a long time, I was bracing for the worst.
It was with a sigh of relief that I saw the tweets from SCOTUSblog reading that the ACA had been upheld, with Roberts as the swing vote in a 5-4 majority.
There’s plenty of analysis on both sides of the political aisle that you can find all over the web with little effort. I’m not going to speak to that, because, frankly, I don’t care.
I’m celebrating today.
Because of “Obamacare,” in 2014, the gender disparity between women and men in health insurance plans will be illegal. My coverage, which is the same as my male coworkers, will cost us the same.
Because of the ACA, should I lose my job, I won’t be denied health care coverage because of a couple of pre-existing conditions.
Because of the ACA, my friend’s newborn who has a heart defect will not hit a “lifetime limit” on her health insurance before she’s even a year old.
Because of the ACA, my birth control costs me much less money than it would have, easing my financial burdens.
Because of the ACA, my recently developed PMDD has zero effect on my health insurance plan – I cannot be dropped for getting sick.
Because of the ACA, my preventative exams will always be covered without a copay.
Because of the ACA, my disabled brother will always have health insurance, even after my parents’ passing.
We cannot forget the human element. I am in a better position with my health and with my life, thanks to the ACA. Women around the United States benefit from this plan.
Today is a victory.