We live in a new era. Money is tight and many of us Millennials happen to be pretty young, and therefore, healthy (for now). Add the fact that some of us don’t even have to leave our bedrooms to work and you got yourself a situation in which something like health insurance could be easily ignored.
President Obama is really pushing to create awareness about the importance of healthcare. In a country like the USA, we all need it, and he knows younger generations are most likely to shrug health insurance off. This is why our leader has approached YouTube personalities and made it a point to persuade us into signing up at Healthcare.gov.
Today’s White House commercial is backed by ESL and Twitch. It targets professional gamers, specifically, but I think this applies to anyone who works from home (bloggers like me included). Those of us who have learnt to harness the power of technology and make it our livelihood. Let’s check it out:
I believe the fact that we don’t leave home for work really is what makes us believe that health insurance isn’t really crucial. Most youngsters don’t have major health issues, and you are much less likely to suffer an injury from the comfort of your desk… or in a gamer’s case, his couch (or bed).
Gamers and bloggers also happen to spend long hours sitting, which can really take a toll on their bodies. This is why I have been looking into getting a standing desk. After those long hours of work, you don’t feel like exercising, which can really bring consequences. I must accept I have gained some serious pounds since I started blogging.
As strong as they are, our bodies can be very fragile, though. Unexpected things happen, and you better wish you are covered when that day comes. Unless you want to stay in debt forever after going to the emergency room once or twice. Boy are hospitals expensive in the “land of the free”!
I am still in debt over some panic attacks I had during college. Yes, anxiety has put me in debt. I am currently not covered and don’t know what I would do if I actually had to go get treated. Probably head down the border to Mexico. Thankfully, I haven’t needed anything for some years, but I fear for the day I do.
And the thing here is that this decision is on us. We don’t have your traditional jobs where the company helps or forces you to get health insurance. No one is pushing us in the right direction here, so it’s easy to slack off.
Maybe I should just go get covered, as Healthcare.gov gives us until February 15th to sign up. I wanted to hear what you guys think of this situation. Are you in for supporting the White House’s movement? Are you in a situation similar to ours? Give us your 2 cents and share your healthy tips!