I missed smaller things throughout high school -- dances and cheerleading performances; birthday parties and holiday celebrations; volleyball and football games. When it came to going out with friends, they were never sure if I was sick or healthy.
You would think that the Supreme Court's ruling might end the debate about health care and allow Congress to focus on creating jobs. But it won't because GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to repeal it.
Supporters of the law should co-opt the "hands off" slogan and make it their own. That would require adding just a few more words here and there to make clear what would be lost if the law is repealed, gutted or declared unconstitutional.
Instead of creating jobs and growing the economy, the Republicans are re-fighting the battles of a year ago and trying to take us back to the days when insurance companies had a stranglehold on our health care.
As health reform legislation kicks in, I'm thinking about Justin. When the package was passed, it came just in time for his 11th birthday, a day he survived to see thanks to our country's great health care system.
When the Republicans say they want to repeal the health care law, they're talking about giving health care back to the insurance companies so they can deny our care, drop us when we get sick and jack up our rates whenever they please.