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ACA deserves support

| Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

I read, with interest, Robert W. Lee's letter “ ACA ramifications I ” criticizing Dan Rooney for upholding the law of the land, the Affordable Care Act. I suppose that Mr. Lee has health-care coverage, but over 30 million Americans, including Steeler supporters and fans, don't. This is our national disgrace.

The ACA is far from perfect, but is a start, and should be everyone's agenda. Ask people who have sons or daughters out of college, under age 26, unemployed and with serious health conditions. Ask people who lost their coverage and people who have pre-existing health conditions, who until now were not able to get coverage. Ask my distant cousin, who lost her husband too young to cancer because they did not have the money to pay out-of-pocket and he could not get insurance. The only way to fix our national disgrace is for us to work together to get health care for all.

Massachusetts has a program that was he prototype for the ACA; 97 percent of the people there now have health insurance. Mr. Lee, perhaps you could work to help the whole country get to that level. You would have quite a legacy if you could accomplish that.

Sister Mary Traupman

Brighton Heights

The writer, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, is an attorney with the Downtown law firm John W. Giltinan, Esq., P.C. who concentrates on elder law and guardianships.

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