Want to be healthy or not?

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On Sept. 23, this college hosted a forum to explain to students the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

During the forum, a student asked why a young, healthy person should pay for health care they will not use.

Many young people may think they will never get sick, but the inevitable and unforeseen will happen; so when it does, students need to be prepared.

Being prepared for an emergency is only half the battle.

Students should think of health care in terms of preventive care and not just emergency coverage.

The benefit of yearly check-ups goes far beyond preventing a common cold.

Many diseases can go undetected because they do not have any extreme signs.

Early detection through normal check-ups could make all the difference between life and death.

According to the National Cancer Institute, about 70,000 Americans between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2010 that about 215,000 people under the age of 20 have diabetes.

No one is immune to the need for health care.

Thinking that you will not get sick or need medical attention because you’re young and healthy could be an expensive gamble.

Health care is not cheap, but with the Affordable Care Act, perhaps an individual policy will actually be affordable.

Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act opened Tuesday and coverage could begin as soon as January.

Students should be proactive in their health care and do some research to find the most affordable program that works for them.

Health care should be an important issue for even the young and healthy because youth fades, and sometimes, all you’re left with is your health.

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