What it Means: Four More & ACA

It’s not often you’ll find me touting political beliefs – the Obama-Biden bumper-sticker I received for donating to the campaign is on my fridge, not my bumper – or getting deep into discussions, debates or long-winded arguments. Rather, I do my own research (read, watch and pick D’s brain) and “like” photos and smile when I feel proud of what we’ve done as a country.

I voted for Obama

I cannot wait to take advantage of our DC life and head to the inauguration on January 20th. History, we heart you!

In the meantime, I’m trying to really wrap my brain around what this means. Given my profession and passion, the things that matter to me are education and changes to student loan laws (if/when I go for that Masters…), changes in agriculture and environmental laws, and last but not least the Affordable Care Act.

With ACA in effect, this re-election means:

  • Women have control over their care. ‘Nuff said. (Why this was ever not the case would be a separate conversation…)
  • Coverage must be provided for: pre-existing conditions (this is huge; you know the significance of this when you see it first-hand) and pregnancy (under job-based plans).
  • Medicare recipients will save money on the cost of services and prescription drugs.
  • “Gender-rating” is essentially eliminated – meaning women can’t be charged higher because, well, we’re women. Because we’re of “child-bearing” age and might cost the health insurance companies more. Coverage also “vastly improves” for other minority groups.
  • Light is shed on preventive services. What this will mean, long-term? Who knows. But it’s a step in the right direction. For now: “You may not have to pay a copayment, co-insurance, or deductible to receive recommended preventive health services, such as screenings, vaccinations, and counseling.”
  • For example: “depending on your age, you may have access — at no cost: Counseling on such topics as quitting smoking, losing weight, eating healthfully, treating depression, and reducing alcohol use.”

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I realize this post is quite out of character here, but I hope that won’t always be the case. It’s so important that we’re aware of these things and invested in what it means for each of us!

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Moving on to other fun things we do in DC…run! I love the Tuesday night lululemon run club because it gives me a weekly run along the waterfront and underneath the Kennedy Center, coming up to Lincoln and seeing the National Mall. We had a great election-night turn-out, as we all tried to pass the time and enjoy a cool evening in our city:

Lincoln memorial at nightwomens memorial DClululemon georgetown run club 11.6.12

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And with all of that, I bid you happy post-election day. Good-bye ads, hello to four-more-years!

How was your election day/night?

Non-US peeps – were you interested, too?

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9 Responses to What it Means: Four More & ACA

  1. Amy

    Thanks for your post. I voted the same as you however I live in an area (rural Pennsylvania) where I am in the minority and have had some difficulty expressing my excitement today. So I’m celebrating in my own ways and realizing that we are headed in the right direction! Four more is fine with me :)

  2. Abby

    Totally agree with you – especially about women’s rights to do whatever I please with my own body. Going to an inauguration will definitely be something cool to see!

  3. I was glued to the coverage (even though I don’t know a lot of the ins and outs) and was so happy to learn the news. Canadians love Obama! So glad that this seems to be the BEST case for your country. Phew!

  4. Fabulous post about the election and its issues – agree, agree agree! Here’s to 4 more years. :)

  5. I’m definitely excited and also extremely happy to have people not divulging their every thought about politics on facebook. I just wish our country weren’t so divided on the issues and candidates that are really important to being a US citizen. Whew…

  6. Jason

    hmmm…..although I agree with most of the social issues that Obama supports, I have to say that I had more confidence in Romney’s ideals when it comes to fiscal policy. I like the fact that Obama portrays a more moderate stance when it comes to the Democratic party, but we have yet to see any of this in “action” when it comes to his fiscal policies. I hope that four more years will give him an opportunity to work together with Congress and actually fix things instead of throwing money around and hoping that somehow magically works. The worst possible scenario would be a stalemate, which is entirely possible with a Republican controlled House of Reps, when it comes to getting things done. Hopefully both sides can work together for the greater good.

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