Friday, October 19, 2012

Election 2012

The Big Girl Chronicles:  The Big Girl’s Guide to Election 2012

It’s time to make a choice of national leadership.  Both candidates have debated the issues and presented their vision of America for the next 4 years.  Both candidates seem passionate about how they can make a better America with our help.  The plans that each have outlined have some favorable key points…and some not so favorable.   

With regard to President Obama’s plan to have insurers cover contraception without copays via the Affordable Care Act, I don’t understand how Governor Romney could disapprove of something that encourages responsible reproductive health citing it as an imposition that would compromise the values of employers with religious standards.  Surely not every person those employers hire are of the same beliefs.  And a simple solution would be to have each employer opt to participate in the company insurance plan or allow them to seek coverage elsewhere.  

What I have yet to learn from either candidate is discussion that would address over 20 million Americans.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 MILLION Americans struggle with some form of mental illness.  That’s 26.2 MILLION voters (yes, “crazy” people can still vote) that you didn’t speak to directly that will also decide upon leadership in this upcoming election.  Instead of lumping them all together under discussions of affordable health care, it could’ve been worth it to take notice.  Add to that their families and the millions who work in the health professions to care for these individuals, and those are some impressive numbers.

No matter what choice you make in this election, please take the time to go vote.  See you at the polls!

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