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September 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Affordable Care Act

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders speak to reporters Sept. 26, 2013. The Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund the Affordable Care Act from their bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders speak to reporters Sept. 26, 2013. The Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund the Affordable Care Act from their bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reassurance for young adults

Now that the House of Representatives has voted for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I want to point out the devastating effects this action would have on my family and families across the United States. [“Insuring health: Navigating your way through the Affordable Care Act,” Section J, Sept. 22.]

In this world of high medical costs, knowing that my son will be covered by my insurance until he turns 26 is a profound relief.

I cannot believe the behavior of lawmakers trying to strip this protection from young adults working on completing their education and entering the workforce. I looked into it and found that, because of the ACA, 7,000 young adults have been added to their parents’ plants in my district (WA-2) alone. Now, they can focus on taking their places in the American economy without worrying that they are one accident or illness away from financial disaster and years of debt.

Republicans also seem not to care that repealing the law would return us to the days when insurance companies could refuse to cover children with pre-existing conditions. I speak for many when I say that this would be a catastrophe. We can’t put little children with pre-existing conditions at the mercy of greedy insurance companies.

John Berg, Lynnwood

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