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Letter: Foes will stop at nothing to shut program down

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:45 am

I’ve been watching the fight over the Affordable Care Act and how some are stopping at nothing to shut it down before giving it a chance to work.

There is an urgent need for people to have access to affordable health care, particularly if they work at a job that doesn’t offer coverage or are unable to purchase it on the private market because of costs or an illness that makes it impossible for them to buy, especially here in Arizona.

Those who are opposed to affordable health care need to know their opposition affects many Americans — including those of us who served our country in the Armed Forces — whose love of country and dedication we celebrate this week.

I am a veteran and native Arizonan, having served in the Air Force during the 1970s. Since I did not retire from the service, I and many others in my situation do not qualify for retiree health benefits, meaning we have to buy it on our own or get it from our spouses or employers.

I know plenty of people my age (mid-50s) who are struggling with health issues and would go completely broke without health insurance, myself included.

I’m grateful to see the health care law now allows people I know, including family members and friends, to purchase medical insurance they can afford.

I hope this can provide them with the assurance they deserve that their daily and emergency health needs will be covered.

Maria Mereness


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