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Likes the Affordable Care Act

September 8, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Representative Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, is circulating a survey asking people what they don't like about Obamacare. I'd like to tell him what I do like about the Affordable Care Act.

I like that children with serious illnesses like cancer and diabetes can no longer be denied coverage by insurers, and that they can get health insurance on their own when they grow up.

I like that senior citizens who have hit the gap in Medicare's prescription coverage now get discounts on drugs so they don't have to choose between food or heat and their needed medications.

I like that insurers can no longer put lifetime dollar limits on care. I like that insurers must now offer for free many preventative services, especially for women, which save money in the long run.

I like that small businesses can get a tax credit to cover up to 35 percent of the premiums they pay for health insurance for their workers. Most of all, I like that millions of people who cannot now afford health insurance (like my brother) will be able to be covered.

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No, Rep. Benishek, I do not want you to vote to repeal this act. It is one of the many reasons I am grateful to President Obama for his hard work and leadership on the serious issues facing our country. It is one of the reasons I will vote for him again this fall.

Marilyn Cooper




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