Most people in our country are familiar with the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) or “Obamacare”—signed into law in 2010. “Obamacare” was coined as a derogatory term by opponents of President Obama. But, it caught on with the general public since it was easier to say and remember. The ACA was the most sweeping reform of the US healthcare system since the 1965 passage of Medicare and Medicaid.
Reforms implemented by the ACA include establishing Health Insurance Exchanges (marketplaces) where individuals, families, and small businesses could purchase qualified health insurance plans with affordable premiums. These plans satisfy the ACA’s individual mandate requiring those who don’t have health insurance to purchase it. The ACA also provides low and middle-income purchasers with subsidies to make buying health insurance more affordable. At the same time, it imposes a tax penalty on those who are uninsured beginning in 2014.
The procedures involved with applying for medical coverage and the need for such a system have been a source of debate and discontent since their inception. Premiums and deductibles associated with the available plans have continued to increase, and insurance providers have withdrawn from the program in many states.
The controversy continued during the 2016 presidential campaign and last month President Trump and the Republican congress attempted but failed to repeal parts of the ACA. The proposed repeal would have led to 24 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2024.
Unlike mankind, there is no confusion about how God will provide all mankind with the opportunity to live healthy lives in the future. (Isa. 40:28) God has promised to establish His holy kingdom upon this earth, and it will abide forever. “Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.”—Psa. 145:13; Dan. 2:44
Under that kingdom, the blood of Jesus will be applied on behalf of all and the penalty of sin, sickness and death will be removed from the human family. As a result, “the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.” (Isa. 33:24) “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.” —Isa. 35:5,6
All the dead shall be raised to life. “For an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” — John 5:28-29 (New American Standard)
Under this plan, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”—Rev. 21:4
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