Grandparents raising grandchildren long for, pray for, and fight for three things: to keep their grandchildren safe, to see their adult children overcome their difficulties, and to come together as a family, healed and whole.
Just over three years ago, we witnessed the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act, a groundbreaking law that will soon make affordable health insurance available to millions of consumers. But many Americans may be asking themselves, "What does it mean for me?"
The real health care battle in this country isn't the one being fought over the bill everyone now calls "Obamacare." The real battle is the one millions of Americans face every day as they struggle to pay medical bills that now average nearly $10,000 per year -- if they're "lucky."
The questions we face -- whether to raise the minimum wage, restrict the availability of guns, expand health care coverage, and countless other decisions -- inevitably require us to define what we mean by a decent society.
Many of "us" want to ensure that immigrants have the same access to affordable health care and food that we all should have and to not continue to treat immigrants as the "them" through explicit exclusions from basic necessities.
Making people obtain and maintain health insurance is not the nanny state; it is grow-up time. The nanny state is what we have today, prior to full implementation of Obamacare, and what we have had since the 1986 passage of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.