Let's face it, possibly because our country, unlike most industrialized countries, really didn't have a mechanism of providing healthcare for all, we have a plethora of disease-specific charities. Those charities represent a spectrum of individual diseases literally ranging from A to Z. Now one would like to think that all of those charities would want to help those who suffer from the diseases they address get the benefit of healthcare. If more people had access to healthcare, more people could have potentially life threatening illnesses diagnosed earlier leading to better, possibly lifesaving outcomes.
The Affordable Care Act has the potential to extend the security of healthcare to tens of millions more people who are currently uninsured. For one reason or another, through no fault of their own, when it comes to getting the medical benefits that a civilized nation is supposed to offer, they have been on the outside looking in. Now they have a chance to get insured, get diagnosed & get well!
If I ran a disease-specific charity, I would do everything that I could to get people who suffer from the disease that my charity addresses and allegedly wants cured insured, up to and including using some of the TV ads that my charity buys to promote ACA instead of just continually asking for donations. I've been waiting to hear one of the major disease-specific charities take a position supporting the Affordable Care Act but thus far, the silence is deafening. If you know of any disease-specific charities that are supporting the Affordable Care Act, please let me know because in this case, I would like to be proven wrong.
The recent Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy raises many issues that involve most disease specific charities. To hear what I have to say about disease specific charities, visit my Listen Here! page.