The final draft:
My idea for reforming health care: government health insurance for all children. Anyone under the age of 18, plus through their final compulsory day of secondary education, is covered. All prenatal care is included. Why concentrate on covering children? For all citizens to have equal opportunity in life, they need to start on equal footing. There is no reason any child should go without medical care in a country as wealthy and powerful as our own. Once you enter adult citizenship, you make your own way.
A benefit is that it takes some of the burden off of having a family. I keep myself in a lower-paying job because of the good benefits package (I work in education, not as a teacher) for my family of four. If the federal government paid for my children’s care, my wife and I could opt for cheaper benefits through our employers or, heaven forbid, purchase our own personal insurance that would have a vested interest in keeping us healthy. Buying health insurance could be as (relatively) easy as picking a cell phone plan.
Legislation to bring this about can appeal to House members from either side of the aisle. For social conservatives, it is a very pro-family move, giving support to those who need it: working families who must make those tough choices between money and health. For economic conservatives, it gives working adults better mobility through the workforce as well as decreasing what employers need to contribute to the health care pot. And for social liberals, such legislation would give a foot in the door to universal health care or blanket federal funding for education, rather than disparate state funding.
Universal health care for childrenincluding dental careis a priviledge to bestow upon ourselves as an advanced society. I would appreciate not having to worry about medical costs for my children. Recently, my wife and I had to decide whether to take our 18 month old daughter at 1 a.m. to the ER due to a relentless high fever for $150, or wait through the night and go to the clinic for $20. We opted for the clinic, and all was well after a change in medication. However, had worst struck that night, how could I live with myself for saving $130 over potentially my daughter’s life? None in America should have to.
I am Evan Fryer. I was raised by well-educated parents in California’s Central Valleysocially liberal, fiscally conservative. I hold a bachelor’s degree in political science, and hold the arts in high regard. Now I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota with my wife and two kids (boy and girl, 6 and 1.) I work as a computer technician for a middle school and have a vested interest in technology and education. I’m a working-class dad with a degree in politics and know how to explain what is going on.
It’s all submitted. I don’t hold out much hope, but then again, I can’t help it. It’d be cool to get into the top 10.