The Affordable Care Act

Fellow Kentucky Young Democrats,

For decades, the rising cost of health care has burdened our economy and cast a shadow on the hopes and dreams of millions of our fellow Americans.  Our broken health care system has been a major obstacle in establishing a prosperous 21st Century America.  As Democrats we recognize that access to affordable health care should, and must, be a mainstay of the American experience.  We are committed to the principle, as President Obama declared, that “here in America, the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.”

Yesterday, millions of Americans sighed with relief as the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Kentucky Young Democrats join President Obama in proclaiming that this is not a victory for any particular political party or campaign, but rather a victory for countless American who have hitherto struggled to provide a basic, dignified standard of living for themselves and their families.

If you are reading this it’s likely you subscribe to the KYD email list, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.  So, I’m guessing you are interested in politics.  Maybe you’re even a political junkie like me.  But the enactment of the Affordable Care Act is about more than simple politics.  It is about lives.  Now, confirmed by the court’s ruling yesterday, 2.5 million young Americans will be able to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26.  No longer will many of these young people feel pressured to compromise their educations and their dreams in order to ensure continued health.  Likewise, those among us with pre-existing conditions will no longer live in fear that one day they may have to choose between paying for care and paying their rent.

Unfortunately, too many have viewed the debate over our health care system in the abstract.  But you know there is nothing abstract about your ailing brother, sister, parent or child.  And there is definitely nothing abstract about the health insurance CEOs living lavish, privileged existences while those paying their exaggerated salaries precariously balance life and death.

KYD’s very own Travis Scott shared his experience recently and you can read his thoughts on pre-existing conditions and the ACA at www.yda.org/pre-existing-conditions.  With the implementation of the ACA those like Travis can shed the pre-existing albatross and pursue normal, healthy lives.

The continued coverage for young Americans and the elimination of pre-existing condition restrictions are just a few examples of the benefits of the ACA.  Please take some time to visit the White House’s Health Care Reform site for more information on how the ACA will better our communities:  www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform.

Central to our values as Democrats is the belief that we, as individuals, measure our own well-being by more than our personal circumstances but also through the health and successes of everyone in our communities.  What often separates us from the opposition is that though we love politics we have a greater love for people.  We are a community-focused party and therefore celebrate the continued implementation of the ACA.

But our work is not done.  The Kentucky Young Democrats are committed to fight any attempts to repeal the ACA and return this country to a system that undervalues preventative care, restricts access, and bankrupts our families.  The KYDs are committed to rejecting the pessimistic ideology of Tea Party-GOP and will continue to look forward to the great possibilities ahead.

As the debate over health care reform escalates this fall, we need your help.  We need your voice.  We must continue to dispel myths and demand truthfulness from our leaders.  We must speak with our friends and educate our generation on the necessity of the Affordable Care Act.

And we must remain the party of hope.  Just as Adlai Stevenson characterized Eleanor Roosevelt, we must rather light candles than curse the darkness.  And our light will warm the world.

If you are interested in joining the Kentucky Young Democrats you can find a list of county chapters at http://kyyoungdems.com/joinchapter/county  OR college chapters athttp://kyyoungdems.com/joinchapter/college.

If there isn’t a chapter in your community, we can help you start one.  For more information on forming a chapter, please visit http://kyyoungdems.com/startchapter.

If you aren’t a “young” Democrat, but still want to help, please consider enrolling in our Young @ Heart Democrats program.  Visit http://kyyoungdems.com/kentucky-youngheart-democratsfor more information.

Yours,
Clint Morris
KYD National Committeeman