By Tanya Steele | Shadow and Act June 28, 2012 at 12:27PM
It took a Black man to give us healthcare. The importance of diversity in all sectors of society is critical. Diversity brings in voices that have a broader and more sensitive reach. People who have walked different roads and have suffered different pains; remain open to the plight of those that resemble themselves.
Many people are not aware that they are entitled to Obamacare, NOW. If you (or your children) are uninsured and have not had health insurance for the last 6 months. AND, you have a pre-existing condition, you are entitled to the health plan. You do not have to wait until 2014. Each state has the coverage and there is a fee for the coverage. The fee varies by state. Pre-existing conditions include migraines, eczema, diabetes, etc. The bar is not that high.
Unfortunately, the fee is costly. And, in 2014, the fee for coverage will be costly. However, I believe the Obama Administration is looking into subsidies that are related to income. I have suffered through different types of insurance plans. Let me tell you, having strong healthcare coverage makes a difference. You will now have access to the same health insurance that government employees have.
Now, let's think about this. For decades, the leadership of this country has made it their duty to keep healthcare coverage from the citizenry. So, it took a tremendous amount of scholarship (President Obama is a Constitutional Scholar) and creativity. I remember President Obama talking about the importance of bringing creativity to problem solving. This is key. Don't get frustrated by an issue, be creative and find a way to solve it.
President Obama is an amazing example of leadership. In my opinion, he will go down in history as one our best Presidents, if not, our best. Yes, he falls short in many areas. Who wouldn't? The United States government is locked into a legacy of catering to the wealthy and not to the citizenry. He is a President that is tuning into our needs. Yes we can, and will, debate until the cows come home about what he is NOT doing. Specifically, for Black America. Yes, let us debate this. It's important that we do. And, that we do something, concrete, about it.
Don't just rail. What's your plan? It must involve the creation of a strong movement that presents a real challenge to the system. Specifically, a plan that involves the pooling of resources by our 'wealthy' that links to the needs of the 'least of us'. We have to create an AGENDA and stick to it. Threatening to withhold our vote if our AGENDA is not met. Things do not change if there is no pressure or threat that we will withhold a substantial amount of capital or votes. Or, create a visual, consistent, well attended form of protest. It will take a combined, concerted effort. Will it ever happen? I think so. When? I don't know. Right now, I think Black folks are still believing that 'they can', individually. That our personal wealth is more important than the community.
In the meantime, look up the pre-existing condition plan in your state and see if you can get healthcare, NOW. The actual name of the Act is 'The Affordable Care Act'. Here are the plans for NYC and NJ: http://www.ghi.com/nybridgeplan/preexisting_conditions.html and http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/<division_insurance/njprotect/index.htm.
Again, it is available in all states. Check to see what the plan is in your state
I stated, from the beginning, that I have President Obama's back. President Obama 2012. And, yes, I am highly critical of him- when needed. He is dragging this country into the 20th century (heck, the 18th century). Unless you have a better plan, I suggest you join him.