Healthcare is a human right.
The United States spends more per person on health care than any other advanced nation on earth, yet our outcomes lag behind. Since it seems impossible for congress to act on its own, I am thrilled to see legislation being introduced in Pennsylvania to establish a PA HealthCare Plan.
Imagine a world where every citizen could get the care they need, when they need it, regardless of their income. Where you wouldn't have to choose between going to the doctor or buying groceries. Imagine a world without co-pays, deductibles, and endless conversations with insurance companies. Now what if I told you that's reality in many parts of the world?
As a woman and a mother, I am fortunate that I had quality healthcare when I was pregnant, and during the first year of my son's life. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, my prenatal care was co-pay free, as well as my son's well visits throughout his infancy. The ACA has been a vast improvement over healthcare of the past, which was not even required to cover prenatal care.
For a time during high school, my family was without insurance coverage (not by choice), and I was a patient of Planned Parenthood. I am so grateful that the clinic I went to was there for my healthcare needs. I had irregular test results and needed to have additional procedures to rule out cancerous growths. Without insurance, these procedures would have cost my family money that we simply did not have.
I am so thankful for the services Planned Parenthood provided to me, and to women all over this country, especially in Pennsylvania. I will be a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, and a woman's right to choose. I believe in comprehensive sex education, access to contraceptives, and removing the societal stigma around discussing these issues.
Healthcare costs affect us all. It's time to put our money to better use.