Health Care Protection2019-05-14T21:25:59+00:00

Health Care Protection

Pre-existing conditions

In the context of healthcare in the United States, a pre-existing condition is a medical condition that started before a person’s health benefits went into effect. Before 2014 some insurance policies would not cover expenses due to pre-existing conditions. These exclusions by the insurance industry were meant to cope with adverse selection by potential customers. Such exclusions have been prohibited since January 1, 2014, by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than a quarter of adults below the age of 65 (approximately 52 million people) had pre-existing conditions in 2016.

“I know that this is an expensive issue. Having said that I strongly support that it is a requirement to support and accept ALL citizens with pre-existing medical conditions regardless of that condition. It is the correct position to take for a caring Country and all its citizens.”

Abortion Issues

The current judicial interpretation of the U.S. Constitution regarding abortion in the United States, following the Supreme Court of the United States 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, and subsequent companion decisions, is that abortion is legal but may be restricted by the states to varying degrees.

The abortion debate is the ongoing controversy surrounding the moral, legal, and religious status of induced abortion. The sides involved in the debate are the self-described “pro-choice” and “pro-life” movements. “Pro-choice” emphasizes the right of women to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy. “Pro-life” emphasizes the right of the embryo or fetus to gestate to term and be born. Both terms are considered loaded in mainstream media, where terms such as “abortion rights” or “anti-abortion” are generally preferred. Each movement has, with varying results, sought to influence public opinion and to attain legal support for its position, with small numbers of anti-abortion advocates using violence, such as murder and arson. (Wikipedia)

“First I must say that I do not support government telling any citizen everything they have to do with their individual life. Of course that citizen must following all rules, policies, and laws that are intended to protect ALL American citizens.

Sadly abortion remains a hot topic and it should not be after so many years of battles. The health of the mother and the child must be our top priority at all times. Yes that means I support life for both at all times in this issue. BUT, the health of the mother is required if she is in serious jeopardy if an abortion is not performed. That would be a determination of the licensed physicians caring for the mother.

It has been said that ‘abortion should not be used as a form of birth control’ and that is right on target with me. Those old enough to have sex must be responsible for their own actions at all times and take ALL necessary precautions to protect themselves if they do not want a child. Criminal acts like rape must be held separate for carful management of the health of the mother. Those in the medical profession who totally understand the health risks of the mother must be involved in the design of a successful policy on a state by state bases. There should NOT be a federal policy on this issue nor should the federal government try to offer federal programs that they manage. The federal government should support each individual state and their policy concerning abortion and perhaps provide some financial support to their individual programs.”

Minors

Do minors need parent permission for an abortion? First, they are binding on minors, not adults. Second, they require, at minimum, that minors notify their parents before an abortion is performed, and in some cases consent from the parents. And third, they allow minors to acquire a judicial bypass if consent cannot be acquired.

“Minors’ are just that ‘minors’ as defined by the law. That law is designed to protect the minor first. We know that minors make adult mistakes of many kinds but they are still minors’. Under the law minors’ are the responsibility of the adult parents or parent. Once again the determination of an abortion on anyone must be in the best interest of both the mother and child regardless of their age.

Does the minor require to have the parent or parents’ permission before and abortion is preformed? If the abortion is deemed in the best interest of both the mother and the child by licensed physicians caring for both then the abortion should proceed with without the parent or parents’ permission. But this is a state by state decision.”

Mental Health Issues

According to the U.K. surgeon general (1999), mental health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and providing the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity. The term mental illness refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders—health conditions characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior associated with distress or impaired functioning.

A person struggling with their mental health may experience this because of stress, loneliness, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, death of a loved one, suicidal thoughts, grief, addiction, ADHD, Cutting, Self-harm, Self-Injury, burning, various mood disorders, or other mental illnesses of varying degrees, as well as learning disabilities. Therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners or physicians can help manage mental illness with treatments such as therapy, counseling, or medication.