Don’t eliminate Affordable Care Act, fix it

Published: 2/10/2017 2:18:47 PM

If you’ve raised children, you know there are many milestones as they grow that call for expert medical attention — brain and bone development, vision, hearing, gross and fine motor coordination, speech and language.

Children’s health needs grow with them, and there are new milestones in adolescence and young adulthood. the Affordable Care Act enables young people to remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until the age of 26 if they are dependents by that age.

For young people in working families, this translates to real dollars at a time when they are not yet near the peak of their earning power. The difference is available for education or training costs, or savings toward starting their own households.

Tearing down a program that benefits millions of Americans without putting anything else in place is cold and irresponsible. As a parent, a professional, and head of a middle-class household in Greenfield, I object to the burden that would be placed on our family of four.

Ask your legislators to repair it — don’t repeal it.

Marcia Day


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