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Obamacare Gives Young Cancer Patients Longer, Healthier Lives

Posted on September 15, 2012 by admin

Preventive care is one of the key medical components of the Affordable Care Act. The best way to fight an illness is to make sure that you never contract it, of course. However, cancer is not a disease so easily fought off. And such diagnoses have a unique ability to strike fear. Nevertheless, such a horrible sickness has lost some of its power because of Obamacare. As a recent study done by Dr. Ayal Aizer of the Dana Farber Cancer Institution in Boston has found, patients with insurance under the Affordable Care Act have a much better chance of recovery than ever before.

Using government data on citizens between the ages of 20 and 40 during the years 2007 to 2009, Dr. Aizer concluded that cancer patients who were insured were 16 percent more likely to pursue treatment during the early stages of their sickness, while it was still treatable. Early treatment is crucial to fighting cancer, as the spreading of the illness marks its strength and difficulty to beat. The doctor also revealed that insured patients were two times more likely than the uninsured to get surgery or radiation that could possibly treat their sicknesses.

The most important statistic, however, concerns the survival of cancer patients. Dr. Aizer’s study shows that insured patients are 20 percent more likely to beat cancer than their uninsured counterparts.

First off, the study reveals the importance of being insured, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Though many have their misgivings about the healthcare law, studies show time and time again the good that is accomplished because of it. Second, Dr. Aizer’s findings demonstrate an even more impressive and noteworthy point: that, with a constant, evolving intelligence, the American society continues to progress, providing the sick with a better chance at normal life with every passing year.

As one of Obamacare’s strongest totems, active preventative care is already bearing its fruits to the doubters of the Affordable Care Act by combatting the most fearsome diseases known to all of mankind. Cancer, boasting the most negative connotation imaginable, is being fought effectively by Obamacare.