If there’s one thing we really, truly need, it’s health care. Without our health we, quite literally, have nothing. That’s why upon President Obama entering into the White House in January of 2009 he made making sure people have access to health care one of his utmost top priorities.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama subsequently signing it into law in March of 2010, over 16 million people have gained access to health care and are now covered to receive the care so many have desperately needed for so long. In fact, many have credited the law with saving their lives.
Now, according to the New York Times, cancer detection is on the rise, in particular, cervical cancer. As we all know, the best way to prevent cancer deaths is through early detection, and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, lives are being saved.
The Journal of the American Medical Association goes so far as to say:
“On September 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Expansion (ACA-DCE) went into effect, allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26 years. Implementation of the ACA-DCE was followed by a net increase in private health insurance coverage among young adults aged 19 to 25 years. Persons without private health insurance are less likely to be screened and more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of cancer.”
With the NY Times concluding:
“Cancer researchers say there has been a substantial increase in women under the age of 26 who have received a diagnosis of early-stage cervical cancer, a pattern that they say is most likely the effect of the Affordable Care Act.”
One of the researchers, Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, who conducted the study determining these results, said:
“It’s a very remarkable finding, actually. You see the effect of the A.C.A. on the cancer outcomes.”
So, while Republicans continuously try to dismantle, defund, and destroy the Affordable Care Act from the inside out, the law itself has made it so people are getting the care they need and their lives are being saved.
One may ask, why are Republicans so adamant at destroying Obamacare? And the reason is — it’s a success, and if President Obama is a success, people will continue to vote for Democrats and the GOP will look like failures. They want to sabotage the law as best they can to make Obama and his health care law look like a disaster regardless of who they are affecting or stripping health care from in the process. It’s purely politics for them, and the very people who they claim to stand up and fight for, are the very same people who they will ultimately hurt, and unfortunately too many misinformed conservative voters fall for the GOP’s lies hook, line and sinker.
This study is just another in a series of outcomes proving the necessity and the success of the Affordable Care Act. As people see the positive outcomes, Republicans will be forced to reckon with the results and ultimately need to succumb to its triumphant results.
At the end of the day, we should all be saying, in all seriousness, “Thanks, Obama.”
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