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Hogan must fight to preserve the ACA

Gov. Larry Hogan says the Affordable Care Act "must be changed to preserve access to health insurance" ("Overhaul of health law faces criticism from both sides in Maryland," March 7). Then he should encourage Congress and the president to change the existing law to make it sustainable.

Maryland may have elected a Republican governor in Mr. Hogan, but the state voted for President Barack Obama by almost two-to-one, both when he promised to overhaul health care and after the ACA was enacted. And after electing Mr. Hogan by a comparatively narrow margin, Maryland residents turned around and supported Hillary Clinton — who would have sustained the law — by almost as wide a margin as they supported President Obama.

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The state has repeatedly and resoundingly made it clear that we want health care to be accessible to all, as it is in every other industrialized nation.

I realize this puts the governor in a tough spot, caught between his party and his constituents, but if he wants his party to have any future in Maryland, he would do well to put the clearly expressed wishes of his constituents first and speak out against any bill that would not, in fact, preserve access to health insurance, as the latest proposal from Congressional Republicans almost certainly would not.

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Mike DiCicco, Odenton

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