Hands off the Affordable Care Act

To the editor:
If we truly value human life, and that includes ALL life including, and not just limited to, the lives of unborn children, we must demand that our members of Congress protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it. Here are just a few facts that we can’t deny:
•Women depend on the Affordable Care Act for coverage of preventive tests for cervical and breast cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, and osteoporosis; a stipulation that women can’t be charged more than men; important maternity care; domestic violence counseling; a ban on discrimination due to a pre-existing condition; and more.
•Just under 25 million Americans depend on the Affordable Care Act for insurance, and another five million for Medicaid coverage. These 30 million are among the most under-served in America, across racial and geographic lines. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we also now have the lowest uninsured rate in American history.
•27 million women have benefited from having all FDA-approved contraceptive methods without a co-pay, including emergency contraception. Nearly three in five women have stated they have struggled to afford birth control at some point, including 57 percent of young Latinas and 61 percent of young Black women.
Personally, I have spent most of my career working with under-resourced youth who currently depend on The Affordable Care Act or Medicaid. Their access to affordable health care directly impacts their ability to succeed in school, and ultimately life. If we believe that a child has the right to life, and the right to a good education, then those rights depend on their access to quality and affordable healthcare.
We should support all children, pre-cradle to career, so please Congress: Hands off the Affordable Care Act!
Laura Draper
Three Rivers

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