Our Dangerous Pre-existing Condition

People are turned away from health insurance providers, far too many times over pre-existing conditions. It is travesty, and I understand that.

While I know that some pre-conditions cannot be cured with lifestyle changes, I find it surprising that we sometimes treat our health and our nation with careless disregard – we’re far too comfortable to take a pill, and less eager to get off the couch!

Immediately after the Supreme Court decision on Health Care (NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ET AL. v. SEBELIUS, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.) became public, Twitter and all other social media platform essentially exploded. We may have stayed on the couch, but we reached for our electronic devices!

It seems as if there are two schools of thought, after the decision. One group feels devastated by the decision, the other group is elated.

I find myself in a third group – the hopeful group.

I am hopeful that today’s decision will cause American citizens to pay greater attention to what is going on.

My wish is that when a bill is passed into law on Christmas Eve, we see it for what it is – long before it becomes what we don’t want it to be.

I won’t focus on the decision or mechanics of the law, because the fact is Americans as a whole have had a pre-existing condition for far too long – apathy.

We send people to Washington, DC, to get things done – and then we get back on the couch. Once we send off our officials with fanfare, we stop following the issues because we are too busy, or too bored with the details.

I know we are very busy people. We truly are.

I’m working very hard, just like you, to get ahead. I have barely enough time to get everything done on most days. In fact, I’ve never worked harder than I have during the past few years – to find work, to complete projects, and to get more work. I’ve even tossed in a few part-time jobs along the way.

I don’t have time to become an expert on each and every bit of legislation. However, I make a little time to at least know and understand the high points of the important issues.

At the very least, we need to put in a little “exercise” to minimize the risks that come with our pre-existing condition of apathy.

We need to learn at least a little bit about the issues and determine the real ramifications that will have an effect on our families.

American Flag PhotoMake no mistake – America has not been made worse by this Supreme Court decision.

If anything, America has slipped a little because we have taken our “eye off the ball.”

So if you are angry about today’s decision, you have some work to do. In addition, if you are in agreement with today’s decision, you have some work to do too.

The future of “Obamacare” is no longer a judicial issue. It is now an election issue, along with the sluggish nature of our economy, and ballooning government debt.

Regardless of where you fall on the issues, put yourself into the game. Do your homework. Understand the issues and cast your vote.

The only way we can get ahead of this dangerous case of apathy is to set aside at least a few minutes each day, to become better informed.

The time to get off the couch is now. This isn’t the time to rely on a pill to restore the health on our nation. We must now rely on “exercise” to get back on track.

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