Who would have thought when we first looked upon you a year ago, barely formed, still somewhat embryonic, that you would have grown so much in just a year, and created so much, well, trouble? Yes, I’m talking about you, health reform. After all, aren’t you the reason for the sea change in Washington? Aren’t you behind several pending appeals that will get to the Supreme Court? Aren’t you the reason that the country is going to hell in a handbasket?
But wait. Let’s look at some other major milestones of the past year.
— You sent $250 checks to Medicare beneficiaries to help cover the “donut hole” in their drug coverage.
— You created special insurance pools designed to provide health care NOW to people with preexisting conditions who can’t get coverage.
— You allowed parents to keep their kids on their health insurance until the children turn 26, providing a major safety net.
— You did away with lifetime caps, enabling those with some serious medical conditions to continue receiving health insurance.
And that’s just in a year. Imagine what the next year and the year after that will bring. So I’ll say it again, Happy Birthday, Healthcare Reform. May you live to a ripe old age and only get better.
*This blog post was originally published at A Medical Writer's Musings on Medicine, Health Care, and the Writing Life*