Show you care about your healthcare

DKS Editors

President Barack Obama’s visit to Strongsville yesterday gives us the perfect opportunity to talk about a little-talked-about topic: health care.

Now we don’t know if you’ve heard anything about the president’s new health care plan, but you all may want to give it a good once-over as a mature, blossoming adult.

The thing is, you’re probably either without health care right now or losing it soon. Many students are covered under their parents’ health insurance plans and lose it either soon after they graduate or even sooner (depending on your age). Or perhaps you had your own health insurance plan and then took on another class or two and can no longer keep a full-time job in order to keep the insurance.

Of course there’s the easy excuse that we really don’t need health insurance because we’re young and healthy and invincible — not so. You really never know what could happen, you need coverage.

President Obama’s plan would help those without health care to find affordable coverage that works best for them — not just a general plan that may or may not help you. And if you’re someone with preexisting health issues, you won’t be automatically excluded when you’re shopping for coverage.

If you’re worried about this just adding to the national deficit, President Obama promises it won’t. Which we sure hope is the truth since we are the future — or so everyone is telling us.

There is a lot that goes into the health care plan, and we suggest you read up on it (check out the White House’s Web site). This isn’t an issue students should shrug off because it isn’t affecting them right this minutes, it’s something we’ll have to live with (or without) for a very long time.

We also need to think of others. Even if you have a job lined up that guarantees health care after graduation, or if you are covered under your parents’ insurance for a few years after graduation, you need to think about those who are less fortunate.

So be sure to read the literature on the bill, and if you agree with the fact that the health care system needs revamped like we do then you should call your representative’s and senator’s offices. We’re the ones who need to push this thing through, not just wait

for a different generation to decide on what will impact us longest.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.