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March 29, 2012

Letters - Thursday, March 29, 2012

— Undoing health law

is not the answer

This week, the Supreme Court heard challenges to the Affordable Care Act, and will soon decide whether or not the health reform law is constitutional. As providers of health care and advocates for access to health care for children and youth in Indiana, we can tell you firsthand how much is at stake for Indiana’s children if this law is overturned.

The Affordable Care Act guarantees health insurance coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, young adults can remain on their parent’s plan until they turn 26 and offers a number of important preventative benefits for children with no cost-sharing for families. These benefits are just a small part of what the Affordable Care Act does for children and families across the country.

That’s not to say the law is perfect. We understand that there are parts of the Affordable Care Act that could be improved and strengthened over time, and some changes have already been made since it was passed two years ago. But undoing this law, piece by piece, in court is not the answer. Instead, we must continue to work together to improve the law as it is implemented.

The passage of health reform by Congress more than two years ago marked the beginning of a much-needed focus on children’s health.

We must build on this investment and put our children’s health first. Let’s preserve and strengthen the Affordable Care Act.

Drs. Dawn Hunt

and Sarah Stelzner,

American Academy

of Pediatrics;

David A. Roos,

Covering Kids and

Families of Indiana

 

Emotion clouds case

in killing of Trayvon

I was wondering how long it would take! I see on the March 28 opinion page you managed to find someone to fill your space that loyally toes the line of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of the race-baiting ministers.

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