This isn't a partisan issue. It doesn't matter what side of the political spectrum you're on - nor does it matter what side of the political spectrum this writer is on - because this is a human issue, one that has to do with our very physical bodies and their annoying tendency to break down over time. Health care, or a lack thereof, is wrapped up in all sorts of emotional baggage, depending on one's personal experience with illness, the medical establishment, money, social standing, history, party alignment...I could go on.
But let's stick to the facts, shall we?
The new administration has plans to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. At the time of writing, the replacement health care plan has not been disclosed to the public. Congressional Republicans have promised that the 20 million Americans who gained health care through the ACA will retain coverage should the law be repealed.
In my opinion, there are some great and terrible aspects of the Affordable Care Act. It isn't perfect and, with most large-scale, federally implemented plans, there is significant room for improvement.
Whether or not the "repeal and replace" plan looks like a heavy edit of the ACA or a complete and total reinvention of the American health care system, this is the time for citizens to take health care into their own hands.
What if your health care plan becomes even more expensive? What if there is a coverage gap between "repealing" and "replacing"? Again, no matter what your political views are, there is palpable uncertainty about the future of health care, which is why I'm putting out a call for individuals to develop their own health care plan.
Start taking very good care of yourself. Go outside, join a gym, and move your body more. Eliminate your reliance on processed convenience foods. Learn to cook. Seek out whole foods ingredients instead of those that come from a bag or a can. Drink water instead of soda. Take a quality multivitamin if you feel like that might help. Reduce your stress by attending to your mental and emotional needs. Eat more fruit and less added sugar. Eat more greens than you do grains. Recruit your friends and family to join you. Grow a garden or plant some herbs. Please, take very good care of yourself.
Because "America the free" means that you are in charge of you - your happiness, your future, and most importantly, your health.
Note: I should mention that I think this way no matter who is elected President and no matter what health care plan is on the table. I'll repeat this a third time - for me, this isn't political.