To the Journal editor:
For more than two years, we have operated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prior to passing this legislation, we heard many scare stories. These stories have failed to come true.
Instead of scare stories, we have the following benefits in our First Congressional District of Michigan:
For the members of the Upper Peninsula Children's Coalition, the most important part of the ACA is that it works to help parents and children.
Young adults are the most likely people in our society to have small children. They are also the people most likely to not have access to health care through an employer. ACA allows young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26.
ACA prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to children because of preexisting conditions and extends funding for the critical MIChild program.
The Upper Peninsula Children's Coalition urges members of the public to support the ACA. The program is working to help our neighbors. If it were to be repealed now, it would be devastating to families, children and struggling small businesses in Michigan.
Margaret A. Olesnavage