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Young adult health care coverage

To the Editor:

Because 20,000 young Iowa adults can stay on their parent’s health care plans until age 26, my three grandsons have already benefited from the Affordable Care Act. They are 20, 21 and 25 years old. The younger two are in college with one competing in college wrestling. Sports are always a risk for injury. Before 2010, my oldest grandson was denied health insurance because of his juvenile diabetes. His parents paid for insulin, medical supplies, doctor visits, and hospital stays. Family money had to be diverted for his care. He will age out in April. He will then be able to purchase a policy on the Marketplace because insurance companies can no longer deny him health insurance.

Why do some want the Affordable Care Act to fail? It is hard to understand why anyone would want to deny people access to health care insurance. It is about more than empathy, compassion, or love of others. It is about justice and equity.

Julie Stewart Ziesman,

Waukee

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